hobble Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"hobble" in British English

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hobbleverb

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 ​finishingline.

hobble verb (LIMIT)

[T] to ​limit something or ​control the ​freedom of someone: A ​longlist of ​amendments have hobbled the new ​legislation. [T] literary If you hobble an ​animal, ​especially a ​horse, you ​tie two of ​itslegs together so that it cannot ​run away.
(Definition of hobble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hobbleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhɑb·əl/
to ​walk with ​difficulty in an ​awkward way, or to ​cause someone to ​walk in this way, usually because of an ​injury to the ​feet or ​legs: [I always + adv/prep] He hobbled over on ​crutches.
(Definition of hobble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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