Restraint vs Shackle - What's the difference?

restraint | shackle |


As nouns the difference between restraint and shackle

is that restraint is (countable) something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures while shackle is a restraint fit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankle or finger usually used in plural, to indicate a pair joined by a chain; a hobble.

As a verb shackle is

to restrain using shackles; to place in shackles.

restraint

Noun

  • (countable) something that restrains, ties, fastens or secures
  • Make sure all the restraints are tight.
  • (uncountable) control or caution; reserve
  • Try to exercise restraint when talking to your boss.
  • * November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " Sergio Ag├╝ero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
  • City will feel nonplussed when they review the tape and Pellegrini had to summon all his restraint in the post-match interviews.

    shackle

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A restraint fit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankle or finger. Usually used in plural, to indicate a pair joined by a chain; a hobble.
  • A U-shaped piece of metal secured with a pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism.
  • (figuratively, usually in plural) A restraint on one's action, activity, or progress.
  • * South
  • His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles .
  • A fetter-like band worn as an ornament.
  • * Dampier
  • Most of the men and women had all earrings made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and arms.
  • A link for connecting railroad cars; a drawlink or draglink.
  • stubble
  • (Pegge)

    Hyponyms

    * handcuff / handcuffs * manacle / manacles * fetter

    Derived terms

    * harp shackle

    Verb

    (shackl)
  • To restrain using ; to place in shackles.
  • By extension, to render immobile or incapable; to inhibit the progress or abilities of someone or something.
  • This law would effectively shackle its opposition.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 12 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man Utd 2 - 1 Man City , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Rooney, superbly shackled by City defender Vincent Kompany for so long as Ferguson surprisingly left Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, had previously cut a forlorn and frustrated figure but his natural instincts continue to serve him and United so well.}}

    Antonyms

    *(to restraint using shackles) unshackle, untie *(to inhibit the abilities of) free, liberate, unshackle

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