I was wondering if 'shackles', 'manacles' and 'handcuffs' could mean the same thing?Are they interchangeable?
Shackles are the devices attached to ankles with a chain between them to stop the free movement of the limbs. With the legs "shackled" it is still possible to walk, although not quickly.
Handcuffs hold the wrists relatively tightly together, as do manacles.
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