hobble

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hobble (plural hobbles) (usually in plural)

  1. Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
  2. An unsteady, off-balance step.

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hobble (third-person singular simple present hobbles, present participle hobbling, simple past and past participle hobbled)

  1. To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens to this entry?)
  2. To walk lame, or unevenly.
    • Dryden
      The friar was hobbling the same way too.
  3. (figuratively) To move roughly or irregularly.
    • Jeffreys
      The hobbling versification, the mean diction.
  4. To perplex; to embarrass.

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