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[uhn-shak-uh l]
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verb (used with object), un·shack·led, un·shack·ling.
  1. to free from shackles; unfetter.
  2. to free from restraint, as conversation.
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Origin of unshackle

First recorded in 1605–15; un-2 + shackle
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • "Unshackle me this carrion, and heave it overboard," was the harsh order.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The duty of the hour is to unshackle him and make him wholly free.

  • Americans, unshackle your minds, and act like independent beings.

  • Help me to unshackle and expand my soul to the fullest realization of Your wonders.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost

    Gene Stratton Porter

  • And these are only specimens of the reforms which, in the language of the petition, are to unshackle labour from its misery.