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Definition of shackle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shackle
    he / she / it shackles
    past simple shackled
    -ing form shackling
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  1. 1shackle somebody to put shackles on someone The hostage had been shackled to a radiator. The prisoners were kept shackled during the trial.
  2. 2[usually passive] shackle somebody/something to prevent someone from behaving or speaking as they want She is opposed to shackling the press with privacy laws.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shackle