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English definition of “fetter”

fetter

verb [T] uk   /ˈfet.ər/ us    /ˈfet̬.ɚ/
literary to keep someone within limits or stop them from making progress: He felt fettered by a nine-to-five office existence.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding to tie someone to a place by putting chains around their anklesFastening and tying
(Definition of fetter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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