from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To free from or as if from shackles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove shackles from someone or something.
  • v. To remove restrictions or inhibitions; to allow full freedom and power.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To loose from shackles or bonds; to set free from restraint; to unfetter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unfetter; loose from bonds; set free from restraint.


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  • Raese, meanwhile, wants to "unshackle" business from government regulation -- like the kind that keeps miners alive.

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  • In this political season, let us hope that some leaders are willing to unshackle entrepreneurs from the red tape of governmental regulation, not just for the sake of the economy, but for the sake of nature, too.

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  • The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives acting in service to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers and an army of industry lobbyists has produced a stream of legislative proposals to defund regulatory agencies, weaken the law and ultimately unshackle industry from rules that get in their way.

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  • So it's worth reporting that in the past seven days New Delhi has managed to unshackle one foot.

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  • Regardless of whether I suspect a conspiracy to slaughter Pattinsons's sex appeal in one foul swoop, I just wanted to put in my two cents by saying I believe the masterminds behind this film are sacrificing the true timeless romeo and juliet nature of this saga in what can only be an attempt to unshackle itself from the stigma of being a chick movie.

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  • Venture capitalists are betting on a new generation of firms that hope to unshackle social networking from PCs and shift it to the cellphone.

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  • As mainstream investors clamor for a piece of Facebook, Silicon Valley venture capitalists are betting a new generation of companies can unshackle social networking from the PC—and shift it to the phone.

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  • As Wall Street and other investors clamor for a piece of social-networking giant Facebook Inc., Silicon Valley venture capitalists are betting on a new generation of companies that hope to unshackle social networking from personal computers—and shift it to the cellphone.

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  • If I were running their party and facing a possible worst-case scenario with Sarah Palin, I would want to reestablish my party with all demographics, and unshackle myself from any one interest group.


  • But instead of using increased political elbow room to unshackle business, the government has moved in the opposite direction, allowing individual ministers wide leeway to make decisions in their personal fiefdoms regardless of their impact on the broader economy.

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