A Word A Day : Fetter
( Verb )Fetter
Word of 4th July 2007: A Word A Day-Fetter
(FET ur): to restrain, to hamper
• In his pursuit of the Nobel Prize for physics, Professor Jenkins was fettered
by his near-total ignorance of the subject.
• To be unfettered
is to be unrestrained or free of hindrances.
• When his parents went to Europe for a few months, Jimmy invited all his friends for some unfettered
partying in the empty house.
• A fetter
is literally a chain (attached to the foot) that is used to restrain a criminal or, for that matter, an innocent person. A figurative fetter
can be anything that hampers or restrains someone.
• The housewife's young children were the fetters
that prevented her from pursuing her profession of Interior Decorator.
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