from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete but historically more correct form of manacle.
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Being obliged to exert one leg much more than the other to drag this fetter (manicle is the slang name for such irons), the prisoner inevitably gets into the habit of making the effort.
It is facinating that internet hydroponic corporatism gets bought the manicle "grassroots".
We put people in "stress positions," and said that this was nothing like hanging a prisoner from the wall by manicle, even if we were shackling people so that they could not sit, could not lie down, could not find a position in which they were not in pain.