hampering the investigation is the lack of a physical description of the suspect or an eyewitness account.
hampering the investigation is precious little information about the shooters or a description.
Maggie, whose face was as white now as it had been crimson, clung to him, hampering him.
You know how hampering it is to one's enthusiasm to have to prepare a bushel of potatoes at once.
Moreover, at private dances there were old-fashioned conventions and hampering politenesses to be observed.
The very number of our assailants was in our favour, by hampering their sword-arms.
German airdromes (p. 265) also were subjected to continuous attacks, hampering German operations to a considerable extent.
She felt like a child who works its elbows to throw off some hampering annoyance.
I do recall saying that Lee doesn't drive, making the point that this was a hampering thing for him.
The presence of his fellow-passengers was not so hampering as in England.
late 14c., hampren "to surround, imprison, confine," also "to pack in a container," of unknown origin, possibly from hamper (n.1), or somehow connected to Middle English hamelian "to maim." Related: Hampered; hampering.
"large basket," early 14c., contraction of Anglo-French hanaper (Anglo-Latin hanepario), from Old French hanepier "case for holding a large goblet or cup;" in medical use "skull," also "helmet; armored leather cap," from hanap "goblet," from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old Saxon hnapp "cup, bowl;" Old High German hnapf, German Napf, Old English hnæpp). The word also meant (15c.) "the department of Chancery into which fees were paid for sealing and enrolling charters, etc." The first -a- may be a French attempt to render Germanic hn- into an acceptable Romanic form.
1835, "things important for a ship but in the way at certain times" (Klein's definition), from French hamper "to impede." Hence top hamper, originally "upper masts, spars, rigging, etc. of a sailing ship."