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hamper

verb [T] uk   /ˈhæm.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
to prevent someone doing something easily: Fierce storms have been hampering rescue efforts and there is now little chance of finding more survivors.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting

hamper

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæm.pər/ us    /-pɚ/
a large, rectangular container with a lid: a picnic hamperGeneral and miscellaneous containers UK a box containing food and drink, usually given as a present, for example at ChristmasGeneral and miscellaneous containersObjects and decorations connected with celebrations US old-fashioned a container used for carrying dirty clothes and bed sheets and for storing them while they are waiting to be washedGeneral and miscellaneous containers
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