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shackle (noun) one of a pair of chairs attached to a ring for placing the legs or hands of prisoners to prevent their escape.
In the past, chains attached to a ring in which the ankles and hands were placed are called shackles. The word is usually used in the plural. Shackles are also anything that limits a person's freedom. He wanted to be free from the shackles of the rules; this means that he wanted to be free from the control of rules, which limited his freedom.
- The shackles around his ankles hurt them, and chafed the skin. The heavy chains joined to a ring in which his ankle was placed rubbed against his skin and pained him.
- India finally freed itself from the shackles of foreign rule in August 1947. It finally achieved independence from foreign rule.