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  1. shining

    A million thanks.

    Dear friend,
    "US microbiologists are so frightened of being hauled off in handcuffs for a minor administrative oversight that they have decided to avoid biodefence research entirely."
    What does "being hauled off in handcuffs" mean here? Does it mean " be put into prison"?
    A million thanks.

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    Re: A million thanks.

    It means being arrested. Suspects are always handcuffed as a protective measure. Whether they go to prison or not depends upon many factors, including whether or not they go to trial.

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    Re: A million thanks.

    "haul" means something similar to "drag". It implies being arrested and taken away against one's will, and possibly not very gently.

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