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hobble (plural hobbles)
- (chiefly in the plural) One of the short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses, allowing them to wander short distances but preventing them from running off.
- An unsteady, off-balance step.
- (archaic, informal) A difficult situation; a scrape.
- 1845, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, The Cock and Anchor:
- "Saddle a horse—any horse—only let him be sure and fleet," cried Ashwoode, "and I'll pay you his price thrice over!"
"Well, it's a bargain," replied the groom, promptly; "I don't like to see a gentleman caught in a hobble, if I can help him out of it. […]
- (dialect, UK and Newfoundland) An odd job; a piece of casual work.
- tether (rope)
Short straps tied between the legs of unfenced horses
An unsteady, off-balance step
- To fetter by tying the legs; to restrict (a horse) with hobbles.
- 1865, Charles Dickens, Doctor Marigold:
- you hobble your old horse and turn him grazing
- To walk lame, or unevenly.
- (figurative) To move roughly or irregularly.
- To perplex; to embarrass.
- (walk unevenly): hirple
To restrict a horse with hobbles
To walk unevenly