PRONUNCIATION: (GOL-den hand-kuhfs)

MEANING: noun: Lucrative incentives given to an employee under certain conditions to discourage them from leaving.

ETYMOLOGY: From the idea of preventing someone from leaving by tying them down with attractive financial benefits. Earliest documented use: 1964.

GOLDEN BANDCUFFS - the musicians wear showy bracelets

GOLDEN HAND RUFFS - winning trump plays in Duplicate Bridge that earn you special masterpoints

GOLDEN HARD CUFFS - aspiring young boxer has a wicked right cross