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1. A device, usually one of a pair connected to a chain, that encircles the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive.
2. A hobble for an animal.
3. Any of several devices, such as a clevis, used to fasten or couple.
4. often shackles A restraint or check on action or progress: "throwing off the puritanical shackles" (Ben Yagoda).
tr.v. shack·led, shack·ling, shack·les
1. To put shackles on (someone); confine with shackles.
2. To fasten or connect with a shackle.
3. To restrict, confine, or hamper. See Synonyms at hobble.

[Middle English schackel, from Old English sceacel, fetter.]

shack′ler n.
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Adj.1.shackled - bound by chains fastened around the ankles
bound - confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages"
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The ability also of the Irish parliament to maintain the rights of their constituents, so far as the disposition might exist, was extremely shackled by the control of the crown over the subjects of their deliberation.
A vessel in the Channel has her anchors always ready, her cables shackled on, and the land almost always in sight.
But there was never a chance, never a moment, when he might run free of a cage about him, of the walls of a room restricting him, of a chain shackled to the collar about his throat.
There is no wilderness where I can hide from these things, there is no haven where I can escape them; though I travel to the ends of the earth, I find the same accursed system--I find that all the fair and noble impulses of humanity, the dreams of poets and the agonies of martyrs, are shackled and bound in the service of organized and predatory Greed!
Then the first guardsman was upon me and the fight was on, but scarce did we engage ere, to my horror, I saw that the red slaves were shackled to the floor.
However, the restraint method significantly (p<0.01) affected the corticosterone level as the shackled birds had a higher corticosterone concentration than their coned counterparts.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 3 (ANI): People with psychological disorders shackled like cattle, their feet tied with iron chains and padlocked for days, months and years- this is the sight at a dirty shed in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun where men and women, young and old, suffering from mental illnesses are kept and abused.
Corruption has so shackled all those people who work in government that they have lost their grit.
An elephant in Mondulkiri died from apparent malnutrition on Saturday after being shackled for over 20 days because it was in musth, a naturally occurring periodic hormone surge.
give birth, her ankles were shackled and her wrists handcuffed.
Since March 1, authorities have shackled prisoners in Building 7 whenever they leave their cells.
In 2006, as part of a National Juvenile Defender Center assessment team, Martinez said he was shocked to witness an 11-year-old girl only 3-foot-7-inches tall shackled with handcuffs and a belly chain connected to both handcuffs and leg irons, as she was led to juvenile court at Tallahassee's Leon County Courthouse.