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Definition of fetter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fetter
    he / she / it fetters
    past simple fettered
    -ing form fettering
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  1. 1fetter somebody (literary) to restrict someone's freedom to do what they want He felt fettered by petty rules and regulations.
  2. 2fetter somebody to put chains around a prisoner's feet synonym shackle A man lay fettered on the floor of the prison cell.
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