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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.
See also: handcuff, velvet

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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Questioned by prosecutor Rex Wild about the handcuffs, she said: "I've never seen them.
Robin Cook, the then Foreign Secretary, launched an investigation into the company in 1997 after Amnesty International claimed it handcuffs had been legally exported as oversized and then adapted and made into leg irons by the foreign purchasers A spokesman for Hiatt yesterday said the company had been made aware of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's decision, but did not want to comment.
WPC Charlesworth said officers removed Ms Burt's handcuffs before administering CPR on the pavement.
In 1937 the company bought out its only major competitor, Thos Froggatt and Company, and the proprietor, Tom Froggatt, began working for the firm after making handcuffs for his friend Houdini.
The firefighters were called to cut free the detainee who was stuck in the handcuffs at 3am on Christmas Eve at Merthyr Central Police Station.
After doing some research we found that Nike was offering a product that was similar to Handcuffs, and upon further inspection by our patent attorney it was determined that Nike had cloned our patented product without permission," added Gobuty.
The police will continue to use metal handcuffs for some time but will gradually replace them with plastic ones.
SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell was arrested in handcuffs and charged yesterday after allegedly attacking her maid.
FIREFIGHTERS had to come to the rescue of police and an arrested man when the key to a set of handcuffs refused to work.
He was handcuffed above shoulder height, which caused the handcuffs to cut into his wrists when he moved, causing pain and discomfort.
So, after being placed in the rear of a police car he simply went home - and tried to get the handcuffs off with an angle grinder.
Handcuffs and leg irons are required to retain criminals, and that was what Hiatt & Co Ltd decided to produce, when the company was founded in 1780 in Birmingham.
She explained: "The pattern is unusual and characteristic of handcuffs, with a single band on one side of the wrist and a double band on the other corresponding to components of the handcuff.
Sub-officer Nobby Clarke said one of the men had managed to cut the chains between the handcuffs but could not get them off the wrists of the less-than-impressed prisoners.