shack|le «SHAK uhl», noun, verb, -led, -ling.
1. a metal band fastened around the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or slave. Shackles are usually fastened to each other, the wall, or the floor by chains.
2. the link fastening together the two rings for the ankles and wrists of a prisoner.
3. Also, shackles. Figurative. anything that prevents freedom of action or thought: »

Superstition and fear of change are two great shackles on men's minds. ... the bars and shackles of civilization (Mark Twain). He frequently writes of the shackles imposed by the Japanese family system (Atlantic).

SYNONYM(S): impediment, obstacle.
4. a thing for fastening or coupling, leaving some freedom of movement: »

The springs of a car are secured on each end by shackles.

1. to put shackles on.
2. Figurative. to restrain; hamper. SYNONYM(S): obstruct, restrict.
3. to fasten or couple with a shackle: »

Figurative. ... who were not shackled to the past in their thinking (New York Times).

[Old English sceacel]

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