verb (used with object), shack·led, shack·ling.
Origin of shackle
Synonyms for shackle
Antonyms for shackle
Related Words for shacklehandcuff, bind, cuff, confine, fetter, chain, manacle, bracelet, rope, trammel, hog-tie, secure, hold
Examples from the Web for shackle
Contemporary Examples of shackle
Conservatives distrust public officials and want to shackle them with detailed rules.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
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
So given all the evidence against it, why shackle women at all?Stop Shackling Pregnant Prisoners!
September 5, 2011
Historical Examples of shackle
Did I make them, I would not attempt to shackle the conscience of any one.
“Why, the beggars have knocked the shackle off the chain,” cried Raft.The Beach of Dreams
H. De Vere Stacpoole
My tormentors did not shackle me; I was spared that humiliation.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
Sad and strange to say, it is also associated with the whip, the shackle, and the cowhide.The Quadroon
A town without a charter,' he says, 'is a town without a shackle.'The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
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.