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darbies

(ˈdɑːbɪz)
pl n
informal old-fashioned Brit handcuffs
[C16: perhaps from the phrase Father Derby's or Father Darby's bonds, a rigid agreement between a usurer and his client]
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In "Billy in the Darbies," for instance, Owens takes a literary ballad from a narrative that should furnish abundant resources for a populist critique of exploitation and instead produces a collage of Melville's language that merely creates the frisson of being caught up in contemporary economic forces: "greasy hogs brood / on the collateral organs of others / muted.
took a run at me and knocked me higher than a kite; He slipped the darbies on me, and the Tombs not being far: I bid farewell to Larry and his big five gallon jar.
1599 Chambers players 2:127 1600s Earl of Norwich 27 Feb 1601/2 Norwich 120 Derby's servants to show their devices & sports Earl of Faversham 10 Mar 1601-2 10s Kent 2:565 Derby's players Earl of Coventry 1602 13s 4d Coventry 360 Derby's players Earl of Norwich 10 June 1602 Norwich 120 Derby's players not to play in Norwich by mayor's command Lord Coventry 1603 5s Coventry 362 darbies players Earl of Coventry 1604 5s Coventry 364 Derby's players Earl of Coventry 1607 10s Coventry 371 Derby's players Earl of Barnstaple 1607-8 10s Devon 48 Derby's players Earl of Coventry Dec 1608 10s Coventry 373 Derby's players Earl of Kendal 3.
43) The Chamberlain's Accounts of the Corporation of Gloucester record payment of ten shillings to 'the Lord Strange his players' in 1591-92, and in 1595-96 thirty shillings were 'geven to the Earle of Darbies plaiers', and twenty shillings to the Lord Admiral's men.
12 Darbies is an old slang word for which part of police equipment?
Longer darbies may require two handles for better control.