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English noun: shackle

1. shackle (artifact) a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

Synonymsbond, hamper, trammel

Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

Narrower (hyponym)ball and chain, chains, cuff, fetter, handcuff, handlock, hobble, irons, manacle

2. shackle (artifact) a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar

Broader (hypernym)bar

Part meronympadlock

English verb: shackle

1. shackle (contact) bind the arms of

ExamplesThey want to shackle the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

2. shackle (contact) restrain with fetters

ExamplesThey want to shackle the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)cuff, handcuff, manacle

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