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She is fettered by old ideas whose time has passed.
  to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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  • She is fettered by old ideas whose time has passed.
  • the law would fetter the free press
  • An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
    Henry Clay
  • Too often, our ability to trade with one another is fettered by quotas, tariffs and the influence of special interests.

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  • A moment more and I had fettered him to the granite.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • It was Artemis, but she was wrapped in chains, fettered to the rocks.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • "You are fettered," said Scrooge, trembling.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal,
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • There is a devilish mercy in the judge,
    If you’ll implore it, that will free your life,
    But fetter you till death.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • But there is no such man; for, brother, men
    Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief
    Fetter strong madness in a silken thread,
    Charm ache with air and agony with words.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing

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  • Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • And thus your freedom when ... becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison,
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage;
    For we will fetters put upon this fear,
    Which now goes too free-footed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • These strong Egyptian fetters I must break,
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Unfettered at last, it glided slowly through his consciousness...
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • The dreaming Thomas tries to invade the mind of his younger self, explore the memories in that unfettered space.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Sophia shook her head, automatically running through the alphabet …. getter, fetter, letter….
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She couldn’t pinpoint the exact moment she’d fallen in love with face, but there had always been something about him that reminded her of a lion, a wild animal unfettered by rules, the promise of a life of freedom.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The view in all directions was unfettered, nothing but pine trees and mountains, like a giant postcard advertising OREGON!
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • This act was made more fascinating given the shark’s translucent skin, which allowed an unfettered view into its digestive process.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But Selitos still felt the fetters of enchantment binding him.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Though now, or in the recent now, I’ve begun to understand how easily one can stand by and watch a pile of dross steadily grow, allow the fetter of one’s quotidian life to become an unwieldy accumulation, which seems somehow much more daunting to clear away once it has settled, gained a repose.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Char shouldn’t have been fettering his friend.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Despite his fetters, he manages to sway lightly back and forth.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • He was chained by the ankle to a bolt in the wall, but otherwise unfettered.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In his head, he could roam anywhere, and he found that his mind was quick and clear, his imagination unfettered and supple.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The words burst out pure and unfettered, infinite.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • In fact, so far as our powers extend, they are unfettered, and we are free to use them.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • A gang of men quick with guns and unfettered by conscience were at his disposal.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • He looks upon study as an odious fetter; his time is spent in the open air, climbing the hills or rowing on the lake.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The fun fetters, from national and international leaders, sometimes hostile, sometimes friendly, always diplomatically trying to pry into Demosthenes’ mind. those she and Peter read together, laughing in delight sometimes that people like this were writing to children, and didn’t know it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • She is what we call in England a tomboy, with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of traditions.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • He heard her laugh again, liking its unfettered energy.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • "These yer ’s a little too small for his build," said Haley, showing the fetters, and pointing out to Tom.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The last I saw of him, his head was bent over his knee and he was working hard at his fetter, muttering impatient imprecations at it and at his leg.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • These beings had been fettered and coupled pell-mell, in alphabetical disorder, probably, and loaded hap-hazard on those carts.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Or now, may be, Hellas and Phthia spurn him, seeing old age fetters him, hand and foot.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And now a dream of resistance haunts him, hope battling with fear; until suddenly he stirs, and a fetter snaps—and a thrill shoots through him, to the farthest ends of his huge body, and in a flash the dream becomes an act!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He generally began that day with wishing he had had no intervening holiday, it made the going into captivity and fetters again so much more odious.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I looked at him, and believed he spoke the truth; he seemed less fettered than he had been before, more modern, more human; he was not hemmed in by shadows.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • The first and second were successfully darted, and we saw the whales staggeringly running off, fettered by the enormous sidelong resistance of the towing drugg.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The majority of people might agree with them, but the majority is fettered.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • I’d send them jabbering Frenchers back into their den again, afore the week was ended, howling like so many fettered hounds or hungry wolves.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The hero sinks upon his straw bed, weighed down by fetters and misfortunes; in the next scene, his faithful but unconscious squire regales the audience with a comic song.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • And is therefore blinkered and fettered by the limitations of your kind.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Are you a man of imagination—a poet? taste this, and the boundaries of possibility disappear; the fields of infinite space open to you, you advance free in heart, free in mind, into the boundless realms of unfettered revery.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He did not even feel the fetters.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • After a failed assassination attempt in Addis Ababa that he blamed on the Sudanese government, the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak had rescinded a treaty between Sudan and Egypt that allowed unfettered passage between the two countries; entering Egypt for most Sudanese now meant entering illegally.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
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