Meaning of “shackle” in the English Dictionary

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(Definition of “shackle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shackle" in American English

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shacklenoun [ C usually pl ]

us /ˈʃæk·əl/

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.

shackleverb [ T ]

us /ˈʃæk·əl/

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).

(Definition of “shackle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)