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encumber
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
  • Mr. Gamfield smiled, too, as he perused the document; for five pounds was just the sum he had been wishing for; and, as to the boy with which it was encumbered, Mr. Gamfield, knowing what the dietary of the workhouse was, well knew he would be a nice small pattern, just the very thing for register stoves.
    Chapter 3 — Relates How Oliver Twist was Very Near Getting a Palce.... (27% in)
  • These frank admissions softened Mr. Giles, who at once owned that he was afraid; upon which, they all three faced about, and ran back again with the completest unanimity, until Mr. Giles (who had the shortest wind of the party, as was encumbered with a pitchfork) most handsomely insisted on stopping, to make an apology for his hastiness of speech.
    Chapter 28 — Looks after Oliver, and Proceeds with His Adventures (23% in)
  • Her companion was not encumbered with much luggage, as there merely dangled from a stick which he carried over his shoulder, a small parcel wrapped in a common handkerchief, and apparently light enough.
    Chapter 42 — An Old Acquaintance of Oliver's, Exhibiting Decided Marks.... (4% in)

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