Definitions

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  • noun plural Cant Manacles; handcuffs.

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  • noun Plural form of darby.
  • noun UK, slang handcuffs

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The darbies are the fetlocks — the fast-keepers, my boy — the bail for good behaviour, my darling; and if you are not the more conforming, I can add you a steel nightcap, and a curious bosom-friend, to keep you warm of a winter night.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • The darbies are the fetlocks -- the fast-keepers, my boy -- the bail for good behaviour, my darling; and if you are not the more conforming, I can add you a steel nightcap, and a curious bosom-friend, to keep you warm of a winter night.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • "Those who dealt that blow," said he, "were already well used to this little instrument"; and so saying he produced a pair of "darbies," a kind of handcuff made of a double ring of iron secured by a lock.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • The newcorner was slim, and Rogers felt that he might break him between his hands if he could only get a proper grip; but the drunken drover -- for it was he -- was as sinuous as an eel, and a moment later Joe was on the broad of his back with the 'darbies' on his wrists and a trooper kneeling on his chest, while the drover, transformed into Detective Downy, stood over them, mopping his face with his big false beard.

    The Gold-Stealers A Story of Waddy

  • And I was out from under, too - I broke into a cold sweat at the thought of how close I'd been to squeezing my trigger; it could have been me that they were hauling downstairs now with the darbies on, full steam for the condemned cell. 18

    Watershed

  • "Put him in darbies and take him to the jail, " the pale officer ordered.

    More Twisted Stories Vol II

  • Proper chains, that is, not the darbies used by the A Division peelers to restrain obstreperous revellers, but your genuine bilboes.

    Flashman on the March

  • "Put him in darbies and take him to the hoosegow," the pale officer ordered.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • "Put him in darbies and take him to the hoosegow," the pale officer ordered.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • “Those who dealt that blow,” said he, “were already well used to this little instrument”; and so saying he produced a pair of “darbies,” a kind of handcuff made of a double ring of iron secured by a lock.

    In Search of the Castaways

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  • "SECOND WATCH (Produces handcuffs.) Here are the darbies."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    February 6, 2007