Definition of “shackles” - English Dictionary

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“shackles” in British English

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shacklesnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈʃæk.əlz/ us /ˈʃæk.əlz/

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.

something that prevents you from doing what you want to do:

The press, once heavily censored, has managed to shake off its shackles.

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