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Definition of hobble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hobble
    he / she / it hobbles
    past simple hobbled
    -ing form hobbling
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to walk with difficulty, especially because your feet or legs hurt synonym limp The old man hobbled across the road. She was hobbling around on crutches.
  2. 2[transitive] hobble something to tie together two legs of a horse or other animal in order to stop it from running away The horse's hind legs had been hobbled.
  3. 3[transitive] hobble something to make it more difficult for someone to do something or for something to happen Our work is hobbled by the amount of bureaucracy involved.
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