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manacle

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1 usually manacles plural something that physically prevents free movement
  • Manacles prevented the bear from roaming beyond a very small area.
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2 something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • The warring groups need to shake off the manacle of their troubled past and learn to live with one another in peace.
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manacle

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1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains
  • manacled the prisoner to the wall
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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • an aid group manacled by regional politics
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cramp one's style, give a hard time

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hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence.
    • hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate
trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net.
    • rules that trammel the artist's creativity
clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering.
    • a court system clogged by frivolous suits
fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost.
    • a nation fettered by an antiquated class system
shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom.
    • a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice
    • a people manacled by tyranny

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