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A fetter or shackle.‘Thomas Chase lay bound most painfully with chains, gyves, manacles, and irons’
fetters, shackles, bonds, irons, leg irons, manacles, handcuffstie, secure, fasten, tether, hitch, bind, rope, moorView synonyms
- ‘It seems to us that this scheme merely recommends manacles instead of gyves; that it is a mere substitution of one kind of fetter for another.’
- ‘So he stooped and put the gyve in his bosom; and the rough iron galled him as he went, and his bosom bled.’
- ‘I see the food to be wholesome, said Jack; and still it is no proof that a man should wear a gyve on his right leg.’
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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