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encumber
used in A Thousand Acres

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Definition
hinder (make more difficult, or less valuable, hold back, or weigh down)
  • When we split the farm, I took on the whole loan for the buildings, since they were on my land, so she was pretty unencumbered.
    p. 340.2
  • A mile to the east, you could see three silos that marked the northeastern corner, and if you raked your gaze from the silos to the house and barn, then back again, you would take in the immensity of the piece of land my father owned, six hundred forty acres, a whole section, paid for, no encumbrances, as flat and fertile, black, friable, and exposed as any piece of land on the face of the earth.
    p. 4.0
  • Said my father had engineered it all, to get a whole farm for the taxes and something over, a fee, you might call it, for the disposal of the encumbering family.
    p. 134.9
  • It's too encumbered with debt."
    p. 353.8

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