Hamshackle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Hamshackle hăm"shăk`'l 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hamshackle To shackle, as a horse or a cow, by a rope or strap attached to the head and to one of the legs, to prevent it from running away or wandering too far; hence, to curb; restrain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hamshackle ham′shak-l to shackle a cow or horse by a rope joined to the head and fore-leg: to fetter, restrain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ham, + shackle,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hamper and shackle.