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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

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: golden, handcuff
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Following a few minutes of unruly and violent behaviour with the policewoman, the Moroccan was finally restrained, handcuffed and taken for the breathalyser test.
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" If it is found that an accused is of desperate and dangerous nature, and the police officer who arrests such person feels that handcuffing is essential, a detailed report shall be recorded specifying the reasons as to why handcuffing is essential in that particular case in the daily diary and then only should such person be handcuffed while being produced in the court," says the letter accessed by M AIL T ODAY .
Sarah Stewart, defending, did not oppose the application for the defendant to be handcuffed and chairman of the bench Richard Barker agreed to the request.
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Officers handcuffed Mena and three other individuals found on the property and removed them to a converted garage where they were allowed to move around but were forced to remain handcuffed.
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