shackle (Meaning)

Wordnet

shackle (n)

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

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

Wordnet

shackle (v)

bind the arms of

restrain with fetters

Webster

shackle (n.)

Stubble.

Something which confines the legs or arms so as to prevent their free motion; specifically, a ring or band inclosing the ankle or wrist, and fastened to a similar shackle on the other leg or arm, or to something else, by a chain or a strap; a gyve; a fetter.

Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.

A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.

A link or loop, as in a chain, fitted with a movable bolt, so that the parts can be separated, or the loop removed; a clevis.

A link for connecting railroad cars; -- called also drawlink, draglink, etc.

The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.

Webster

shackle (v. t.)

To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.

Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.

To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.

shackle Sentence Examples

  1. The prisoner's ankles were shackled together, preventing him from fleeing.
  2. The heavy shackles weighed down the slave, making labor unbearable.
  3. The government's oppressive laws shackled the citizens, suppressing their freedoms.
  4. The weight of guilt shackled her conscience, burdening her with remorse.
  5. The shackles of tradition bound the community to outdated customs.
  6. Love shackled the two souls together in an unbreakable bond.
  7. Financial obligations shackled the family, leaving them struggling to make ends meet.
  8. The shackles of fear paralyzed the victim, preventing them from confronting their abuser.
  9. The dog's collar shackled it to the leash, limiting its freedom to roam.
  10. The broken shackle symbolized the prisoner's newfound liberation.

FAQs About the word shackle

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The prisoner's ankles were shackled together, preventing him from fleeing.

The heavy shackles weighed down the slave, making labor unbearable.

The government's oppressive laws shackled the citizens, suppressing their freedoms.

The weight of guilt shackled her conscience, burdening her with remorse.