hopple

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hop; compare hobble.

Noun[edit]

hopple (plural hopples)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A fetter for horses or cattle when turned out to graze.

Verb[edit]

hopple (third-person singular simple present hopples, present participle hoppling, simple past and past participle hoppled)

  1. (transitive) To impede by a hopple; to tie the feet of (a horse or a cow) loosely together; to hobble.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To entangle; to hamper.
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