ham + shackle
hamshackle (third-person singular simple present hamshackles, present participle hamshackling, simple past and past participle hamshackled)
- (transitive) To tie (an animal) by a rope binding the head to one of the forelegs.
- to hamshackle a horse or cow
- (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