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Shackles vs. Handcuffs — What's the Difference?

Shackles vs. Handcuffs — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Shackles and Handcuffs

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Shackles

A device, usually one of a pair connected to a chain, that encircles the ankle or wrist of a prisoner or captive.
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Handcuffs

Handcuffs are restraint devices designed to secure an individual's wrists in proximity to each other. They comprise two parts, linked together by a chain, a hinge, or rigid bar.
Oct 03, 2018

Shackles

A hobble for an animal.
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Handcuffs

A restraining device consisting of a pair of strong, connected hoops that can be tightened and locked about the wrists and used on one or both arms of a prisoner in custody.
Oct 03, 2018

Shackles

Any of several devices, such as a clevis, used to fasten or couple.
Oct 03, 2018
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Handcuffs

To put handcuffs on (a person).
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Shackles

Often shackles A restraint or check on action or progress
"throwing off the puritanical shackles" (Ben Yagoda).
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Handcuffs

To restrain or render ineffective.
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Shackles

To put shackles on (someone); confine with shackles.
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Handcuffs

A fastening consisting of two metal rings, designed to go around a person's wrists, and connected by a chain or hinge.
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Shackles

To fasten or connect with a shackle.
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Handcuffs

Shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
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Shackles

To restrict, confine, or hamper.
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Shackles

Plural of shackle
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