Golden handcuffs

Definition

The idiom “golden handcuffs” refers to an incentive offered by a company to a high-level employee, typically in the form of stock options, to ensure they stay with the company for a certain period of time.

Examples

The company is offering golden handcuffs to their top executives in order to keep them from leaving

The golden handcuffs were too tempting for the executive to pass up.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is not known, but some speculate that it originated in the financial world with the idea of “locking” a person into a job.

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