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shackle

noun [C usually pl]  /ˈʃæk·əl/ us  
one of a pair of metal rings connected by a chain and fastened to a person’s wrists or the bottoms of the legs to prevent the person from escaping: The prisoner was led away in shackles.

shackle

verb [T]  /ˈʃæk·əl/ us  
to put shackles on someone to prevent an escape: The convicts were shackled and led onto the bus. fig. She was no longer shackled by her memories (= they did not prevent her from doing what she wanted to do).
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