• IPA: /ˈʃækəl/

shackle (plural shackles)

  1. (usually, in the plural) A restraint fit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankle or finger; normally used in pairs joined by a chain.
    Synonyms: hobble
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  2. A U-shaped piece of metal secured with a pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism.
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  3. (figuratively, usually, in the plural) A restraint on one's action, activity, or progress.
    • His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.
    • 1876, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter XXXV, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, OCLC 1000326417 ↗, pages 269–270 ↗:
      He had to eat with a knife and fork; he had to use napkin, cup, and plate; he had to learn his book, he had to go to church; he had to talk so properly that speech was become insipid in his mouth; whithersoever he turned, the bars and shackles of civilization shut him in and bound him hand and foot.
  4. A fetter-like band worn as an ornament.
    • Most of the men and women […] had all earrings made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and arms.
  5. A link for connecting railroad cars; a drawlink or draglink.
  6. A length of cable or chain equal to frac 12 fathoms or 75 feet, or later to 15 fathoms.
  7. Stubble.
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  • Russian: путы
  • Russian: браслет
  • Russian: сцепка

shackle (shackles, present participle shackling; past and past participle shackled)

  1. (transitive) To restrain using shackle#Noun|shackles; to place in shackles.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To render immobile or incapable; to inhibit the progress or abilities of.
    This law would effectively shackle its opposition.
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shackle (shackles, present participle shackling; past and past participle shackled)

  1. (dialectal) To shake, rattle.

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