verb (used with object), shack·led, shack·ling.
- shack up,
- shackleton, sir ernest henry,
Origin of shackle
Examples from the Web for shackle
Conservatives distrust public officials and want to shackle them with detailed rules.
An institution that might have protected us two hundred years ago has become a shackle.After Health-Care Ruling, Time to Reconsider Supreme Court’s Power|David R. Dow|July 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So given all the evidence against it, why shackle women at all?
Rob merely knocked out a shackle pin and let the whole thing go.The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam|John Henry Goldfrap
Was it to do us good or ill, to give us liberty, or to shackle us?Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China|Evariste Regis Huc
Now, Tom, let the chain out; I will jump below and knock out the shackle.A Chapter of Adventures|G. A. Henty
My loved and lovely Soul has worn it through the ages: manacle, shackle.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
His astonishment increased, and his inclination to shackle me with the trappings of his own grandeur grew more intense.Lady Eureka, v. 1 (of 3)|Robert Folkestone Williams
Word Origin for shackle
Old English sceacel "shackle, fetter," probably also in a general sense "a link or ring of a chain," from Proto-Germanic *skakula- (cf. Middle Dutch, Dutch schakel "link of a chain, ring of a net," Old Norse skökull "pole of a carriage"), of uncertain origin. According to OED, the common notion of "something to fasten or attach" makes a connection with shake unlikely. Figurative use from early 13c. Related: Shackledom "marriage" (1771); shackle-bone "the wrist" (1570s).
mid-15c., from shackle (n.). Figurative use from 1560s. Related: Shackled; shackling.