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velvet handcuffs

A situation that is undesirable, unenjoyable, or unfulfilling but that provides enough financial security as to make one unwilling or unable to leave. After nearly three years at my mind-numbing job, held back by the velvet handcuffs of my salary and benefits, I decided to break away from it all and go live in Japan.
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golden handcuffs

A situation that is undesirable, unenjoyable, or unfulfilling but that provides enough financial security as to make one unwilling or unable to leave. After nearly three years at my mind-numbing job, held back by the golden handcuffs of my salary and benefits, I decided to break away from it all and go live in Japan.
See also: golden, handcuff

golden handcuffs

Financial benefits that an employee will lose upon resigning, as in The company's presented all the middle managers with golden handcuffs, so they can't afford to leave . This slangy business expression dates from the 1970s.
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golden handcuffs

n. monetary inducements to stay on the job. (see also golden parachute.) The company provided a variety of golden handcuffs to keep its execs happy through a takeover.
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The agents handcuffed this individual for the duration of the search.
The lawsuit said Chapman was taken to a small room where he ``remained handcuffed, was detained against his will, interrogated in a threatening manner regarding the theft of the pants from the store, and refused permission to contact his mother.
Matthews made off despite being handcuffed from behind.
Police there handcuffed a 5-year-old girl on March 14 after she tore papers off a bulletin board and allegedly punched an assistant principal in kindergarten class.
At Julie Tutweiler Prison for Women in Alabama, inmates have been handcuffed to the rail for up to a day.
on March 7th, he handcuffed a female shoplifting suspect and seated her in the back of his patrol car.
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl, hospitalized in Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava for three bullet wounds suffered when she allegedly attacked soldiers at a checkpoint, remains handcuffed to her hospital bed, in contravention of hospital regulations.
He was arrested on suspicion of damaging a fence, was handcuffed and placed in the rear of a police car.
University City police arrested a man tar illegally skateboarding on a sidewalk in the Delmor Loop on Tuesday evening, and four witnesses said that the man was handcuffed and beaten with nightsticks by a group of five or more officers.
A CAR salesman was threatened with a gun and left handcuffed to a tree after taking two men on a test drive.
In a separate incident, a 28-year-old sergeant of another unit in May handcuffed an officer from behind and applied electric shocks to his feet at a police dormitory in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Anyone who fails a roadside breath test will be automatically HANDCUFFED before being taken to the police station.
Steve Rubell, who co-owned Studio 54, went down to the basement one dawn after he'd thought everyone had left and found a Eurotrash princess handcuffed to an overhead pipe.
A third academy woman, possibly referring to the Annapolis newspaper's banner headline ("Tormented female mid resigns") and subhead ("Woman handcuffed to toilet, taunted"), told the demonstrators that misunderstandings fueled by "yellow journalism" were "hurting a lot of good people here.