- 1A chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles: he lay bound with fetters of ironMore example sentences
- Now a short chain led from my ankle fetters to an iron staple hammered into the floor.
- He also announced a crackdown on bonded labor and said his government will ban indiscriminate use of fetters in prisons and while producing prisoners in courts.
- Discipline was maintained by a free application of whips, fetters, stocks, manacles, chains and the kongo, an iron collar with a long beam.
- 1.1A restraint or check on someone’s freedom to act: the fetters of conventionMore example sentences
- They should be freed from the political fetters and given full freedom to act impartially.
- It could make a person, an artist even, that hypothetical cipher of freedom from drab social fetters, wonder if she has been doing what she wanted all along.
- There might be times when the tactics infringe individual freedoms such as the freedom to travel without fetter or freedoms of speech.
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- 1Restrain with chains or manacles, typically around the ankles: (as adjective fettered) a ragged and fettered prisonerMore example sentences
- He has been, your Honour, conveyed back to the same strict custody, manacled and fettered.
- She followed obediently, moving in ridiculously small steps because her ankles were fettered to her waist.
- Although unshackled from the 15 kg iron chains that fettered them for three years, they are yet to come to terms with their freedom.
- 1.1Confine or restrict (someone): he was not fettered by traditionMore example sentences
- Yes, it means having a nationality, and more often than not, a religion, and so on; all of these things which really fetter us I think.
- If the freed slave was not fettered by this social contract (self-disciplined productive laborer and consumer), she was criminal.
- Just a little woozy… sane enough, but of course, to spit out the entire chemistry of the substance that fettered us with its silken strands.
Old English feter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veter 'a lace', from an Indo-European root shared by foot.