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ham +‎ shackle


hamshackle (third-person singular simple present hamshackles, present participle hamshackling, simple past and past participle hamshackled)

  1. (transitive) To tie (an animal) by a rope binding the head to one of the forelegs.
    to hamshackle a horse or cow
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To bind or restrain; to impose restrictions upon.
    • 2010, Steven Ortlepp, Introduction to the Interlinear Bible, page 180:
      Not only are our sources, indicating the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton, limited, but we are also hamshackled by certain time constraints.


hamshackle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.