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1 something that physically prevents free movement
  • placed shackles on the legs of the prisoners

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2 shackles plural something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • the shackles of illiteracy can be just as confining as leg irons

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Synonyms & Antonyms of shackle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains
  • unwilling to shackle the dogs to the wall of the house

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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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The first known use of shackle was before the 12th century

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“Shackle.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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