Definition of leg iron in US English:

leg iron


usually leg irons
  • A metal band or chain placed around a prisoner's ankle as a restraint.

    ‘he was tortured and held for long periods in leg irons’
    • ‘He began performing magic in amusement parks in his teens, developing a handcuff escape act and increasingly elaborate routines with leg irons, coffins and water tanks.’
    • ‘They were cuffed and shackled in leg irons before they were moved.’
    • ‘The guards place the leg irons and the cuffs on Trember.’
    • ‘Guards slap on handcuffs and the inmates shuffle forward to be placed in leg irons.’
    • ‘In court I was shackled in leg irons with chains around my waist.’
    • ‘According to Amnesty International these prisoners are often held in leg irons also made in Britain.’
    • ‘Then he was shackled in handcuffs, leg irons, and a belly chain and taken to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.’
    • ‘Martin is being held in one of Bangkok's worst prisons and spent his first two years in leg irons.’
    • ‘He also told of how he had been stripped naked and interrogated, beaten and forced to sleep in handcuffs and leg irons.’
    • ‘He was in leg irons for two years and tortured repeatedly.’
    • ‘British psychiatrists viewed manacles and leg irons as barbaric symbols of the asylum's dubious past.’
    • ‘Makoma, who was handcuffed and in leg irons, was allowed to ask his family whether they had organised a lawyer for him.’
    • ‘Every time he left his cell, including for medical appointments, Thomas had to wear a body belt and was shackled with handcuffs and leg irons.’
    • ‘And even though he had been bound with chains and leg irons and kept under guard, he smashed whatever bound him.’
    • ‘Some were held in lockdowns for 23 hours a day, and then taken from their cells bound in handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains.’
    • ‘Stockdale was imprisoned for more than seven years, four of them in solitary confinement, two in leg irons.’
    • ‘Some were kept for months in cells illuminated 24 hours a day and were escorted in handcuffs, leg irons and waist chains.’
    • ‘Everywhere we go we are put in belly chains, handcuffs and leg irons.’
    • ‘While he was being interviewed by a British officer, Rasul was handcuffed from behind and had leg irons on.’
    • ‘Knox, a pain management specialist who had been practicing medicine in Roanoke for seven years, was dragged out in handcuffs and leg irons.’
    shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, bonds
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leg iron

/leɡ ˈī(ə)rn/