Definition of Darbies

1. n. pl. Manacles; handcuffs.



Definition of Darbies

1. Noun. (plural of darby) ¹

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Definition of Darbies

1. handcuffs [n]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Darbies

dapsones
daptomycin
daqingshanite
daquiri
daquiris
daraf
darafs
darapiosite
darapskite
darb
darbar
darbari
darbaris
darbars
darbepoetin
darbies (current term)
darbouka
darboukas
darbs
darbuka
darbukah
darbukas
darcies
darckness
darcy
darcys
dare
dared
daredevil
daredevilries

Literary usage of Darbies

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1. Folk-etymology: A Dictionary of Verbal Corruptions Or Words Perverted in by Abram Smythe Palmer (1882)
"JOHNNY-darbies, a nickname for policemen, is said to be a corruption of the French gens-d'armes (Suing Diet. sv). ..."

2. English Dramatic Companies, 1558-1642 by John Tucker Murray (1910)
"... the Quenes players . . . xx8 To the Earle of huntingtons players . . x8 To the Earle of darbies ... x8 „ „ Earle of darbies players by a warrant from mr ..."

3. The slang dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"See JOHNNY darbies. Sir Walter Scott mentions these, in the sense of fetters, in his Pn-eril of the Peak— " ' Hark yc ! Jem Clink will fetch you the darbies ..."

4. Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton by John Badcock (1823)
"darbies—Irons, fetters; not so much used on culprits recently, being restricted in the Newgate regulations to malefactors, or convicted felons. ..."

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