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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Probably from Dutch or Low German


1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk with difficulty, especially because your legs or feet hurt [↪ limp]:
He hobbled into the room on crutches.
2 [transitive usually passive] to deliberately make sure that a plan, system etc cannot work successfully:
Many start-ups are hobbled by a lack of sufficient capital.
3 [transitive] to loosely fasten two of an animal's legs together, to stop it from running away

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