Pronunciation: (hand'kuf"),[key] —n. a ring-shaped metal device that can be locked around a person's wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put handcuffs on the suspect.
—v.t. 1. to put handcuffs on.
2. to restrain or thwart (someone) by or as if by handcuffing: The amendments handcuffed the committee and prevented further action.