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shackle

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Jail & punishment
shackleshack‧le1 /ˈʃækəl/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 the shackles of something2 SCJone of a pair of metal rings joined by a chain that are used for fastening together a prisoner’s hands or feet, so that they cannot move easily or escape handcuffs
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shackleIt was as though she'd been let loose from shackles she hadn't even known she'd been wearing.They put my grandson in shackles once on a little drug charge.Every few years the industry begins a campaign, backed in medical journals, for release from its shackles.Emboldened by what she saw her friend get away with, Diana felt able to loosen the shackles a little.And to Return, free of the shackles of human physical embodiment.These programs were designed to remove the shackles so that black people could reach the starting line on an equal footing.
Related topics: Jail & punishment
shackleshackle2 verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1 LIMITto put many limits on what someone can do – used to show disapproval 🔊 Industrial progress is being shackled by a mass of regulations.2 SCJto put shackles on someone syn chain 🔊 He was blindfolded and shackled to a radiator.
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shackleEmmanuel suffered a miscarriage two weeks later and was taken to the hospital shackled and handcuffed.The company is shackled by a lack of capital.In a society still shackled by regulations and bureaucracy he was astonishingly impudent.Facing such a large first innings total, the batsmen were shackled by the need to save the game.In short, many Unix vendors are shackled by their desire to own everything.Baseball owners, once thought to be shackled by tradition, are on a roll.They destroyed the seminary, arrested Pigneau and shackled him in an eighty-pound wood and iron frame.He will already be there, shackled, so there is no danger.The prisoners were shackled together and forced to walk 600 miles across country.
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Verb table
shackle
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyshackle
he, she, itshackles
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyshackled
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave shackled
he, she, ithas shackled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad shackled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill shackle
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have shackled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam shackling
he, she, itis shackling
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you, we, theyare shackling
Past
I, he, she, itwas shackling
you, we, theywere shackling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been shackling
he, she, ithas been shackling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been shackling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be shackling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been shackling
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