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as in:  he hobbled up the hill

The blizzard killed dozens, cut power and hobbled transport.
  hampered the action or progress of


walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)
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hobbled hobbling hobbles
Strongly Associated with:   hamper, hamstrung
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  • The blizzard killed dozens, cut power and hobbled transport.
  • High oil prices hobbled U.S. economic growth.
  • She hobbled away, singing "Lord of the Dance" to herself.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • at last, a very old Frog, who was sitting under a tree, got up and hobbled slowly towards her:
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass

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  • They walked out through the grass, Blevins hobbling after them.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • The 8TH JUROR hobbles, dragging one leg, toward the chair that serves as the bedroom door.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Nan hobbles into my room.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Elody’s hobbling along with one foot jammed in a child’s snowshoe.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Hobbled by leg shackles, constricted by handcuffs, Connor’s strides are short, his posture hunched.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • An inch difference and he might’ve been hobbled for life or bled to death.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure

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  • "Wouldn’t want you hobbling around when the Italians come."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • In the morning, after two hours of fitful sleep, Luke hobbled into the farmhouse just as his mom was finishing up at the stove.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The little group hobbled as fast as they could with their unconscious friend.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • He hobbled to the other bedroom, where he found men’s clothing: a pair of jeans, a plaid shirt, a hand-knit sweater, and a leather jacket with the name of the owner’s bowling team, The Urbana Pinheads, emblazoned on the back.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "I’ll make you another offer," said Bekhir, pulling himself to his feet using the window bars, his hobbled silhouette outlined against the dark glass.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Setting aside her needlework, Miss Peregrine rose and hobbled to the window.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Clutching her purse, she hobbled toward her car, knowing she didn’t have much time.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Henri hobbles, the shotgun hanging limply at his side.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Hoping she might be able to make it through the whole evening without seeing either of them, Cinder hobbled to her small room and closed the door behind her.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He and Paolo executed an awkward one-eighty and hobbled away, hotly pursued by a rolling herd of cannonballs with sparking fuses.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The Sicilian hobbled away.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • And most of all the pigeon, the one pigeon that hurried across the grass lopsided—"loppysided," as Palmer would have said then—as if one leg had been kicked out from under it, hurrying, hobbling, wobbling in goofy loops, tilting like a sailboat blown over, a boy chasing after, running and reaching, the boy laughing, the people laughing, little Palmer thinking, The boy wants it for a pet.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Wringer
  • I hobbled into my mother’s room and crawled up on the bed beside her.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • I hobbled along attractively by his side.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • He hobbled across the room and took it down from the shelf and held it out to the Indian.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • I’d hobbled out to sit in a chair beside Old Yeller, where I could scratch him under his chewed-off ear.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • What good luck, the hobbling Sydelle Pulaski thought.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • I hobbled through the maze on my crutches to the attorneys’ room at the jail.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • He stumbles to his feet and hobbles off toward his office.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • She hobbled after Lina, shaking a finger at her.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • The German shuts the wardrobe doors and hobbles away, and Marie-Laure stays on the bottom rung of the ladder for a count of forty.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I hobbled behind the guard into the administration barracks at the opposite end of the Lagerstrasse from the hospital.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • Joon hobbles over to the Legos.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • He didn’t try to hide his annoyance as I hobbled after him, but he didn’t need to worry; you couldn’t have paid me to stay in the Infirmary, not while I was conscious.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Ever the passionate pedagogue, he had hobbled after Eva in order to correct, or explain, or elaborate on something he had taught her in her most recent lesson—a matter of fingering or phrasing—what?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jason pulled himself up with his walking stick and hobbled toward the ruins.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Even Lester was there, though he was hobbling and in obvious pain.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863
  • We returned to the inn at sunset, pausing at the top of the hill to be sure that the horses of the Watch were no longer hobbled outside.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A once-vital man was being hobbled by this, a slow-growing tumor that made him half the man he’d been.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Though I felt faint, and wanted to sit down, somehow I kept hobbling along with a hitch in my step like a partially broken toy.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Enrique hobbles down a dirt road into the heart of the little town.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He hobbled on his bruised feet down to where he had left his shoes and clothes.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • This went on for weeks until one morning Abdullah saw him hobbling toward the hills, head hung low.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Missus Walters turns and hobbles toward the door, the colored nurse in tow.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He’s about fifteen yards behind me, hobbling as fast as he can, but the mutts are closing in on him fast.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Mags hauls herself up, plants a kiss on Finnick’s lips, and then hobbles straight into the fog.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Filch hobbled across to his desk, snatched up the envelope, and threw it into a drawer.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Behind him hobbled Granma, who had survived only because she was as mean as her husband.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • You take a look down below at the staff; there are a dozen fellows hobbling around that he has operated on.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • We found Ali hobbling frantically across the foyer.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
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Associated words [difficulty]:   hobbled [1] , hamper [8] , hamstrung [5]
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