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manacle

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanək(ə)l
 
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Definition of manacle in English:

noun

(usually manacles)
One of two metal bands joined by a chain, for fastening a person’s hands or ankles: the practice of keeping prisoners in manacles
More 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.
Synonyms

verb

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Confine (a person or part of the body) with manacles: his hands were manacled behind his back
More 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.
Synonyms
shackle, fetter, chain, chain up, put in chains, put/clap in irons, handcuff, restrain;
tie, secure
informal cuff

Origin

Middle English: from Old French manicle 'handcuff', from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus 'hand'.

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  • manage from (mid 16th century):

    Managers now manage businesses, but the first things to be managed were horses. The earliest sense of manage in English was ‘to handle or train a horse’, or put it through the exercises of the manège (mid 17th century). This French word, used in English to mean ‘an area in which horses and riders are trained’ and ‘horsemanship’, is at root the same word as manage—both go back through Italian to Latin manus ‘hand’, the source also of manacles (Middle English) which restrain your hands; manicure (late 19th century) care of your hands; manipulate (early 19th century) to handle something; manner; manoeuvre; manual (Late Middle English) either done with your hands or a handbook; and manuscript (late 16th century) something written by hand.

Words that rhyme with manacle

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