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n. often manacles
1. A device for confining the hands, usually consisting of a set of two metal rings that are fastened about the wrists and joined by a metal chain.
2. Something that confines or restrains: "caught in the manacles of their language" (Cynthia Ozick).
tr.v. man·a·cled, man·a·cling, man·a·cles
1. To put manacles on (someone); restrain with manacles.
2. To restrain the action or progress of: "[She was] manacled by the restrictions of an overbearing father" (Lilian Faderman). See Synonyms at hobble.
[Middle English, from Old French manicle, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots.]
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(usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc
1. to put manacles on
2. to confine or constrain
[C14: via Old French from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus hand]
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man•a•cle(ˈmæn ə kəl)
n., v. -cled, -cling. n.
1. a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
2. Usu., manacles. restraints; checks.v.t.
3. to handcuff.
4. to hamper; restrain.
[1275–1325; < Middle French: handcuff < Latin manicula small hand, plow handle. See manus, -i-, -cle1]
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Past participle: manacled
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|Noun||1.||manacle - shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs|
|Verb||1.||manacle - confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs; "The police handcuffed the suspect at the scene of the crime"|
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