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fetters

noun [plural]     /ˈfet.əz/ US  /ˈfet̬.ɚz/
old use a pair of chains that were tied round the legs of prisoners to prevent them from escapingCords, ropes, cables and string literary something that severely limits you: the fetters of motherhoodLimiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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