One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the men filed through their shackles and made a desperate bid for freedom’
chains, fetters, irons, leg irons, manacles, handcuffs
bonds, tethers, ropes, restraints
informal cuffs, bracelets
archaic darbies, gyves, bilboes
2‘the shackles of bureaucracy’
restrictions, trammels, restraints, constraints, straitjacket
impediments, hindrances, obstacles, barriers, encumbrances, obstructions, checks, curbs
ball and chain
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