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Definition of shackle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shackle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈʃækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shackle
    BrE BrE//ˈʃækl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækl//
     
    he / she / it shackles
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæklz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæklz//
     
    past simple shackled
    BrE BrE//ˈʃækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækld//
     
    past participle shackled
    BrE BrE//ˈʃækld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃækld//
     
    -ing form shackling
    BrE BrE//ˈʃæklɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæklɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1shackle somebody to put shackles on somebody 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 somebody from behaving or speaking as they want She is opposed to shackling the press with privacy laws.
  3. Word OriginOld English sc(e)acul ‘fetter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel ‘link, coupling’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shackle