A Word A Day : Fetter

Word of 4th July 2007: A Word A Day-Fetter


( Verb )

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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