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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Definitions for fetter

  1. A chain or shackle for the feet; a bond; a shackle.
  2. Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint.
  3. To put fetters upon; to shackle or confine.

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Citations for fetter
The right ankle of one, indeed, is connected with the left ankle of another by a small iron fetter. William Wilberforce, On the Horrors of the Slave Trade
But just let even a thumb's pressure be put upon me to tame the wild something in me, and I feel it like a fetter. Kahlil Gibran, quoted in Kahlil Gibran, Man and Poet by Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins
Origin of fetter
Fetter is from Middle English feter, from Old English. It is related to foot.