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shackles

noun [plural]     /ˈʃæk.l̩z/
a pair of metal rings connected by a chain and fastened to a person's wrists or the bottom of their legs to prevent them from escaping: The shackles had begun to cut into his ankles.Cords, ropes, cables and string something that prevents you from doing what you want to do: The press, once heavily censored, has managed to shake off its shackles.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
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