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fetter (verb) restrict a person's freedom; put a person's hands or feet in chains.
When you fetter a person you restrict their freedom. Rules fetter a person if they prevent them from doing what they like to do. Problems fetter a person if they are in the way of doing what they want to do. A person fettered by debts is one who is deeply involved in debts. A person, especially a prisoner, is fettered if they have their hands and legs bound by chains. They are fettered too, if they are bound by chains to a wall, or things like that.
- Jonathan would have written many more books had he not been fettered by his family responsibilities which did not allow him any piece of mind.
- Considering how dangerous the terrorist was, the prison officials ordered him to be fettered and bound by chains to his bed.