But such restraint as this became, in a short time, so fettering, that the Abbe determined to break away from it.
From heaven came the chains, that were used for fettering the minds of mortals.
There is no call for wonder that he should have reacted violently against these fettering restrictions.
But there's nothing so fettering, so despicable as good form.
But Dryden alone moves unfettered in the fettering couplet—alone of those who have submitted to the fetters.
Spirit leaped to spirit unhindered over the fettering bounds of matter and time.
Suddenly he moved, as one who violently breaks free from some fettering spell.
The system of official tutelage had the effect of fettering instead of developing the economic activity of the Jews.
Away go the fettering conventions of home life, the chains of social hypocrisy are flung aside.
The hands and feet strained impotently against the fettering cords.
Old English fetor "chain or shackle for the feet," from Proto-Germanic *fetero (cf. Old Saxon feteros (plural), Middle Dutch veter "fetter," in modern Dutch "lace, string," Old High German fezzera, Old Norse fiöturr, Swedish fjätter), from PIE root *ped- "foot" (see foot (n.)). The generalized sense of "anything that shackles" had evolved in Old English. Related Fetters.
c.1300, from Old English gefetrian (see fetter (n.)). Related: Fettered; fettering.