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    Hi there,
    I was wondering if 'shackles', 'manacles' and 'handcuffs' could mean the same thing?Are they interchangeable?

    many thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,
    I was wondering if 'shackles', 'manacles' and 'handcuffs' could mean the same thing?Are they interchangeable?

    many thanks
    'Manacles' and 'handcuffs' are the same but 'shackles' has a different meaning.

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    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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