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English definition of “shackle”


verb [T]     /ˈʃæk.l̩/
If you are shackled by something, it prevents you from doing what you want to do: The government is shackled by its own debts .Lack of freedom to act
(Definition of shackle verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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