The shackles of ignorance.
The chains that bind a prisoner's hands to his ankles are an example of a shackle.
If you believe you can't achieve your dreams, this belief is an example of a shackle.
Origin of shackle
- Middle English schackel from Old English sceacel fetter
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English schakkyl, schakle, from Old English sceacel, sceacul, scacul (“shackle, bond, fetter"), from Proto-Germanic *skakulaz (“shackle"), from Proto-Indo-European *skeg-, *skek- (“to jump, move, shake, stir"), equivalent to shake +"Ž -le. Cognate with Dutch schakel (“link, shackle, clasp"), German SchÃ¤ckel (“shackle"), Danish skagle (“a carriage trace"), Swedish skakel (“the loose shaft of a carriage"), Icelandic skÃ¶kull (“a carriage pole").