manacles


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man·a·cle

 (măn′ə-kəl)
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.]
Translations

manacles

[ˈmænəkəlz] nplmenottes fpl

manacles

[ˈmænəklz] nplmanette fpl
References in classic literature ?
But strangely enough I did not falter in my allegiance to him, or realize that here in this free form was a deliverance, if I liked, from the fetters and manacles which I had been at so much pains to fit myself with.
Cide Hamete Benengeli, the Arab and Manchegan author, relates in this most grave, high-sounding, minute, delightful, and original history that after the discussion between the famous Don Quixote of La Mancha and his squire Sancho Panza which is set down at the end of chapter twenty-one, Don Quixote raised his eyes and saw coming along the road he was following some dozen men on foot strung together by the neck, like beads, on a great iron chain, and all with manacles on their hands.
He was bound differently from the rest, for he had to his leg a chain so long that it was wound all round his body, and two rings on his neck, one attached to the chain, the other to what they call a "keep-friend" or "friend's foot," from which hung two irons reaching to his waist with two manacles fixed to them in which his hands were secured by a big padlock, so that he could neither raise his hands to his mouth nor lower his head to his hands.
Examining the manacles I saw that they fastened with a massive spring lock.
You have shown yourself a mighty fighter, and we do not wish to manacle you, so we hold you both in the easiest way that will yet ensure security.
The two carried a long rope to which were fastened, at intervals of about two sofads, what she later guessed were light manacles, for she saw the warriors passing among the poor creatures in the enclosure and about the right wrist of each they fastened one of the manacles.
The warrant being made out, three of the thief-takers bound him afresh (he had been struggling, it seemed, in the chaise, and had loosened his manacles); gagged him lest they should meet with any of the mob, and he should call to them for help; and seated themselves, along with him, in the carriage.
Like a tigress she turned upon him, striking the beast a heavy blow with the manacles upon her wrist.
In the cabin he had found the thing for which he had gone in search: the key the would free the children of their manacles, and now they all stole forth, armed with such weapons as they could find.
On his wrists and ankles were cicatrices, old smooth scars, and fastened to the stone on which he sat was a chain with manacles and fetters attached; but this apparatus lay idle on the ground, and was thick with rust.
MIRPUR (AJK) -- Brisk preparations have begun by the people at both sides of the Line of Control in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir - AJK and Occupied Kashmir - to celebrate Pakistan Day on March 23 with a newest resolve to smash the manacles of the tyrannical Indian invaders-making them quit the illegitimately held part of the paradise on earth instantaneously.
IN THE February 2 edition of the ECHO, two letters were published relating to Brexit, one from B Hunter (We voted out) the other from P Nuttall (EU manacles).