- 1 (shackles) A pair of fetters connected together by a chain, used to fasten a prisoner’s wrists or ankles together.More example sentences
- He tugged on the chain connecting my shackles together
- The boy was wearing a blue and black prisoner uniform with broken shackles on his wrists and feet.
- Your client is not in shackles in the prison itself, only when being transported to and from…
- 1.1A situation or factor that restrains or restricts someone or something: society is going to throw off the shackles of racism and colonialismMore example sentences
- This stylistic approach may have been a ploy to attract a wider reading public, but historians should more often throw off the shackles of pedantry and learn to write and read history as literature.
- With scarcity and stagnation cast aside, the economy could finally throw off the shackles of a crude good-for-good bartering system.
- McElroy, who desperately wants to throw off the shackles of the drug world, has other plans.
- 2A metal link, typically U-shaped, closed by a bolt, used to secure a chain or rope to something.More example sentences
- So was the shackle which fastened it to the halyard.
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- 1Chain with shackles: the prisoner was shackled to the heavy steel chair in the centre of the roomMore example sentences
- A believer in strict discipline, he preferred forms of punishment like putting a prisoner in stocks or shackling him to a ball and chain.
- I do not think any prisoners in Australia are shackled.
- The next day, the ship reached the shore of England and all the prisoners were handcuffed, shackled and forced into boats destined for the shore.
- 1.1Restrain; limit: they seek to shackle the oil and gas companies by imposing new controlsMore example sentences
- And unlike the anti-marketing Masters Tournament, which limits ads, the USGA doesn't shackle the networks.
- As a Hindu I am proud to subscribe to a creed that is free of the restrictive dogmas of holy writ that refuses to be shackled to the limitations of a single holy book.
- I want to break free from the chains that shackle me to them.
Old English sc(e)acul 'fetter', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel 'link, coupling'.