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shackle

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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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shackle

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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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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of

  • shackled by poverty and ignorance
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cramp oneʼs style, give a hard time

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Synonym Discussion of shackle

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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