UK [ˈfetə(r)z] / US [ˈfetərz] noun [plural]
1) chains for a prisoner's feet, used especially in the past
2) literary something that limits your freedom to do what you want

She was struggling to escape the fetters of family life.

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  • Fetters — Fetters, shackles, footcuffs or leg irons are a kind of physical restraint used on the feet or ankles to allow walking but prevent running and kicking. The term fetter shares a root with the word foot .In humans, typically only prisoners or… …   Wikipedia

  • fetters — index bondage, servitude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fetters — [n] bindings; bondage bilboes, bonds, captivity, chains, check, cuffs, curb, handcuffs, hindrance, irons, manacles, obstruction, restraint, shackles, trammels; concepts 130,191 …   New thesaurus

  • fetters — Fetter Fet ter (f[e^]t t[ e]r), n. [AS. fetor, feter; akin to OS. feter[=o]s, pl., OD. veter, OHG. fezzera, Icel. fj[ o]turr, L. pedica, Gr. pe dh, and to E. foot. [root] 77. See {Foot}.] [Chiefly used in the plural, {fetters}.] 1. A chain or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fetters — fet|ters [ˈfetəz US ərz] n [plural] literary [: Old English; Origin: feter; related to FOOT1] 1.) the things that prevent someone from being free = ↑constraints fetters of ▪ breaking the fetters of convention 2.) chains that were put around a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fetters — fet|ters [ fetərz ] noun plural 1. ) chains for a prisoner s feet, used especially in the past 2. ) LITERARY something that limits your freedom to do what you want: She was struggling to escape the fetters of family life …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fetters — plural noun bound by fetters of iron Syn: shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, restraints; informal cuffs, bracelets; historical bilboes …   Thesaurus of popular words

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