Definition of unshackle in English:



[with object]
  • 1Release from shackles, chains, or other physical restraints.

    ‘the slaves were unshackled and brought out’
    • ‘‘I said release him,’ Sato said firmly, his eyes hard as the guards unshackle the chains on Tenkou's wrists.’
    • ‘Macon smiled happily, and Garret finished unshackling me.’
    • ‘When we entered a room full of prisoners we unshackled them and escorted them from the building.’
    • ‘He will be unshackled, he'll be read his rights and the charges against him, and the details of his defence will be conveyed to him.’
    • ‘He grabbed the chain that was binding Beth to him (though he wanted nothing better than to unshackle her), and he tried to push his way through the thick mob.’
    • ‘The guards, meanwhile, unshackled the young woman who stood unsteadily.’
    • ‘The guards soon unshackled Shane's foot before leading him back to the cell.’
    • ‘The appointed day came and Hank was unshackled and taken out of his dungeon cell to be burned at the stake.’
    • ‘She was swaying from side to side and the men unshackled her from the ceiling and dragged her to a metallic chair, bolted to the floor.’
    • ‘They unshackled him roughly for his daily beating.’
    • ‘The old man suddenly grinned and continued about his work, unshackling us from each other.’
    • ‘‘As you wish’ he repeated and unshackled my wrists and backed away.’
    • ‘Although unshackled from the 15 kg iron chains that fettered them for three years, they are yet to come to terms with their freedom.’
    untie, undo, loose, let go, unhand, unloose, unbind, unchain, unleash, unfetter, unclasp, unmanacle, extricate, unhitch, unbridle, detach, disentangle
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    1. 1.1 Liberate; set free.
      ‘more homebuyers want to unshackle themselves from their mortgages early’
      • ‘There is no use in seeing the parlous situation of the Aboriginal community as requiring increased funding. We first have to unshackle ourselves from much of the confusion that prevails.’
      • ‘In addition, knowledge through education, goes a long way in unshackling the population from some of the most basic drawbacks to development that are based on ignorance, such as disease.’
      • ‘Simply put, precision could undo Hiroshima and unshackle military power.’
      • ‘There shall be keen competition among locals, unshackled by consideration of money or distance.’
      • ‘We need to be unshackled from the blinkered thinking of planners and action groups that all things in the Park should be made of stone and slate and woe betide anyone who says differently.’
      • ‘And I would dearly love to be unshackled from my bookish heritage and have the culture, freedom and the nerve to join in.’
      • ‘Besides creating new opportunities for communication within the broader cultural context, folk traditions create public space that unshackles inhibitions.’
      • ‘They were eager to unshackle Europe from the Church, from its class and gender constraints, and from any whiff of its racist or colonialist past.’
      • ‘Our problem has been unshackling ourselves from the idea of empire.’
      • ‘So will it mean unshackling the media for a more diverse, creative environment, or will the big operators just get bigger?’
      • ‘It means that you live in one place, but exist in another esoteric, imaginary plane, unshackled by fact or memory.’
      • ‘Louis Wong, a director at Phillip Securities, said the Asian markets have been unshackled from the uncertainties of the past few weeks.’
      • ‘The society, however literate and well informed it may be, does not know how to unshackle itself from the grip of the bullish and bearish media.’
      • ‘These are aimed at unshackling the excise procedures from the slavery of complexities and rigidities, and making them simple and user-friendly.’
      • ‘As we are finding out in Asia, if the governments can unshackle themselves from the influences of the subsidized, then a policy of incremental/gradual market access works reasonably well.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, researchers continue to profile the mind of the average smoker, hoping to unshackle the cigarette debate from embittered politics they say hinder progress.’
      • ‘The question Daniel should have asked himself is, ‘How do I unshackle myself from the bonds of a hide bound ideology?’’
      • ‘Or it may be that lower interest rates could make it sensible for you to unshackle yourself from the terms of your current mortgage.’
      • ‘This capacity empowers and unshackles developers from the limitations and obstacles they face in the development of software for other devices, putting the power in the hands of the artist.’
      • ‘India, on the other hand, has progressively unshackled its economy from bureaucratic controls since 1991 to become one of the fastest growing economies with an average growth rate of over six percent in recent years.’
      free, on the loose, loose, set loose, at large, unconfined, roaming
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