We need free bodies and free minds,—free labor and free thought,—chainless hands and fetterless brains.
She wished to be fetterless, free to come and go as she pleased.
I love every man who has lifted his voice in all the ages for liberty, for a chainless body, and a fetterless brain.
Oh, the heart is a free and a fetterless thing— / A wave of the ocean, a bird on the wing.
We need free bodies and free minds—free labor and free thought—chainless hands, and fetterless brains.
As first awoke the strange, smooth wind-notes of the opening adagio, the fetterless chains of ice seemed to close around my heart.
Old English fetor "chain or shackle for the feet," from Proto-Germanic *fetero (cf. Old Saxon feteros (plural), Middle Dutch veter "fetter," in modern Dutch "lace, string," Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fiöturr, Swedish fjätter), from PIE root *ped- "foot" (see foot (n.)). The generalized sense of "anything that shackles" had evolved in Old English. Related Fetters.
c.1300, from Old English gefetrian (see fetter (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.