The imaginary handcuffs slapped upon you when someone engages you in what should be a brief conversation, but turns into a long, drawn-out monologue. You are trapped in a conversation from which you cannot escape.
"Sorry I'm late for our meeting but I ran into Julie and she had me in conversation cuffs and I couldn't get away."
Imaginary employment handcuffs. Like, when you're working at a corporate job whilst yearning to work in a different environment but can't, because the money and benefits are too good. They've got you by the corpcuffs.
"I hate this job but I can't walk away from these benefits. Damn these corpcuffs!"