Hamshackle
Hamshackle Ham"shac`kle (h[a^]m"sh[a^]k`'l), v. t. [Ham + shackle.] To fasten (an animal) by a rope binding the head to one of the fore legs; as, to hamshackle a horse or cow; hence, to bind or restrain; to curb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hamshackle — /hamˈsha kl/ transitive verb 1. To shackle by tying head to foreleg 2. To fetter, restrain ORIGIN: ↑shackle; otherwise obscure …   Useful english dictionary

  • hamshackle — verb To fasten (an animal) by a rope binding the head to one of the fore legs; as, to hamshackle a horse or cow; hence, to bind or restrain; to curb …   Wiktionary

  • hamshackle — v. attach or tie by rope the head of an animal to one of its front legs; restrain, curb …   English contemporary dictionary

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