placed shackles on the legs of the prisoners
the shackles of illiteracy can be just as confining as leg irons Verb
The guard shackled the prisoner.
unwilling to shackle the dogs to the wall of the house
Recent Examples on the Web
Davis appeared in Clark County Court Thursday with a graying beard and in a blue jail jumpsuit and shackles.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 19 Oct. 2023 Despite being in full restraints — handcuffs, leg shackles and a belly chain — Pray was able to jump into the driver's seat when the hospital employee exited the van to let him out of the back seat, said Fox 12 Oregon.—Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 16 Oct. 2023 Rotate the shackle back to the lock. Instructions for latch locks:
Turn the dials to the original combination, 0-0-0.—Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2023 When everyone left, Combs removed his shackles, got on an elevator and left the courthouse.—CBS News, 18 Oct. 2023 The researchers found no shackles, locks or iron grills inside the room (or blocking the doors and windows).—Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2023 The defendant with the boyish face stood out from the usual parade of felons ushered into federal court in orange jumpsuits and shackles.—Kevin Krause, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2023 He was allowed to attend the funeral in handcuffs and shackles.—Richard A. Webster, ProPublica, 8 Sep. 2023 And anyone who doesn’t — or who, as Turner has, publicly chafed against the shackles of domesticity by continuing to focus on her career and having a social life — is summarily penalized.—Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 7 Sep. 2023
In addition, some incidents in which jailors shackle pregnant people fall into legal loopholes.—Renuka Rayasam, CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023 The absence of enforceable laws that would shackle Big Tech doesn’t make these deals a toothless compromise—far from it.—WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 Momeni walked in with his wrists shackled, wearing an orange jumpsuit.—Albert Samaha, Rolling Stone, 22 Oct. 2023 He was led out with his hands and bare feet shackled, wearing what appeared to be a hospital gown.—Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Sep. 2023 Microsoft used network effects to build a winner-take-all system that sucked in new users and shackled them to its platform with high switching costs.—Cory Doctorow, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 While waiting for local police outside, the teenager was able to walk across the street while still shackled.—Allie Morris, Dallas News, 30 June 2023 Beneath the structure is a shallow fountain tribute to the men, women and children whose bodies were inhumanely shackled together in the bellies of ships in the transatlantic slave trade.—Aaron Morrison, Chicago Tribune, 25 June 2023 Qi, 34, was shackled in an orange jumpsuit and relied on a Chinese translator.—Kate Martin, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English schakel, from Old English sceacul; akin to Old Norse skǫkull pole of a cart
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1