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hobble

verb uk   /ˈhɒb.l̩/  us   /ˈhɑː.bl̩/

hobble verb (WALK)

[I usually + adv/prep] to walk in an awkward way, usually because the feet or legs are injured: The last time I saw Rachel she was hobbling around with a stick. Some of the runners could only manage to hobble over the finishing line.

hobble verb (LIMIT)

[T] to limit something or control the freedom of someone: A long list of amendments have hobbled the new legislation. [T] literary If you hobble an animal, especially a horse, you tie two of its legs together so that it cannot run away.
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