Definition of Shackle in English :

Define Shackle in English

Shackle meaning in English

Meaning of Shackle in English

Pronunciation of Shackle in English

Shackle pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of shackle


1. bond, hamper, shackle, trammel

a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

2. shackle

a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar


3. pinion, shackle

bind the arms of

4. fetter, shackle

restrain with fetters

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of shackle
1. (often plural)
a metal ring or fastening, usually part of a pair used to secure a person's wrists or ankles; fetter
2. (often plural)
anything that confines or restricts freedom
a country ready to throw off the shackles of its colonial past
a rope, tether, or hobble for an animal
a U-shaped bracket, the open end of which is closed by a bolt (shackle pin), used for securing ropes, chains, etc
verb (transitive)
to confine with or as if with shackles
to fasten or connect with a shackle

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see synonyms of shackle
a metal fastening, usually one of a linked pair, for the wrist or ankle of a prisoner; fetter; manacle
anything that restrains freedom of expression or action
the shackles of ignorance
any of several devices used in fastening or coupling
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈshackled or ˈshackling
to put shackles on; fetter
to fasten or connect with a shackle or shackles
to restrain in freedom of expression or action

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see synonyms of shackle
1. A device, usually one of a pair connected to a chain, that encircles the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive.
2. A hobble for an animal.
3. Any of several devices, such as a clevis, used to fasten or couple.
4. often shackles A restraint or check on action or progress: "throwing off the puritanical shackles" (Ben Yagoda).
tr.v. shack·led, shack·ling, shack·les
1. To put shackles on (someone); confine with shackles.
2. To fasten or connect with a shackle.
3. To restrict, confine, or hamper. See Synonyms at hobble.

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