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used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

2 uses
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hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
  • And how unnecessary it has been for you to toil along on foot, and encumber yourself with this heavy load!
    2 — Maiden No More (5% in)
  • He was arriving like a ghost, and the sound of his own footsteps was almost an encumbrance to be got rid of.
    5 — The Woman Pays (42% in)

There are no more uses of "encumber" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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