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  • n. Plural form of gyve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shackles, usually for the legs; fetters.
  • = Syn. Manacle, Fetter, etc. See shackle, n.


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  • He kneeled beside the bed to fit the last key into the anklets, and the chains rang again their sharp, discordant peal as he opened the gyves and hoisted the irons aside, dropping the coil against the rock wall.

    A River So Long

  • Too, the gyves, sturdy and snug, looked nice on them, both from the aesthetic point of view and from the point of view of their significance, for example, that they were mine and that the beauty, confined, wore them.

    Cinnamon Roll

  • And he bound his hands with gyves, and is bringing that chieftain once so prosperous as a trophy hither, whose fortune now doth preach a lesson, clear as day, to all the sons of men, that none should envy him, who seems to thrive, until they see his death; for fortune's moods last but a day.

    The Heracleidae

  • “It is from spiritual bondage,” said the preacher, in the same tone of admonitory reproof, “that I came to deliver you — it is from a bondage more fearful than than that of the heaviest earthly gyves — it is from your own evil passions.”

    The Monastery

  • Take chains and gyves with thee: for if the flood side not to a calm, there is no hope

    Iphigenia in Tauris

  • History—the record of human error, cruelty and misdirected zeal—furnishes no more striking anomaly than the British Puritan fleeing from princely rule and tyranny and dragging at his heels the African savage, bound in servile chains; praying to a just God for freedom, and at the same time riveting upon his fellow-man the gyves of most unjust and cruel slavery.

    Black and White

  • Dost thou not remember the sick yeoman whom thy fair daughter Rebecca redeemed from the gyves at York, and kept him in thy house till his health was restored, when thou didst dismiss him recovered, and with a piece of money? —


  • Here is in our prison a common executioner, who in his office lacks a helper: if you will take it on you to assist him, it shall redeem you from your gyves; if not, you shall have your full time of imprisonment and your deliverance with an unpitied whipping, for you have been a notorious bawd.

    Measure for Measure

  • “Sleep well,” said Elizabeth kindly, as I curtsied, and kissed those slender, jeweled, perfectly manicured fingers or gyves.


  • But at that moment Rebecca emerges from the twisted gyves and fetters of metal.

    Songs of the Humpback Whale


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