Meaning of “hobble” in the English Dictionary

"hobble" in English

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uk /ˈhɒb.əl/ us /ˈhɑː.bəl/

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.

(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)