- One of two metal bands joined by a chain, for fastening a person’s hands or ankles: the practice of keeping prisoners in manaclesMore example sentences
- Massive manacles made of dull metal bound its wrists and ankles to the wall.
- On my wrists the manacles were joined by a solid iron bar just long enough that I couldn't touch my fingertips together.
- She was chained to the wall, her wrists and ankles shackled by iron manacles.
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- Confine (a person or part of the body) with manacles: his hands were manacled behind his backMore example sentences
- He shows off for friends by sneaking out the key and getting himself out of handcuffs, even when he's manacled behind the back.
- He was manacled, blindfolded, held on his knees for hours, beaten, and taken to the infamous Salem prison where he stayed for eleven days without charge or defence.
- When Davies was subdued he was manacled hand and foot.
Middle English: from Old French manicle 'handcuff', from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus 'hand'.