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Definition of shackles noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1two metal rings joined together by a chain and placed around a prisoner's wrists or ankles to prevent them from escaping or moving easily
  2. 2shackles (of something) (formal) a particular state, set of conditions or circumstances, etc. that prevents you from saying or doing what you want a country struggling to free itself from the shackles of colonialism
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