Pronunciation: (hob'ul), [key]
—v., -bled, -bling,
1. to walk lamely; limp.
2. to proceed irregularly and haltingly: His verses hobble with their faulty meters.
1. to cause to limp: His tight shoes hobbled him.
2. to fasten together the legs of (a horse, mule, etc.) by short lengths of rope to prevent free motion.
3. to impede; hamper the progress of.
1. an act of hobbling; an uneven, halting gait; a limp.
2. a rope, strap, etc., used to hobble an animal.
3. hobbles,a leg harness for controlling the gait of a pacer.
4. Archaic.an awkward or difficult situation.
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