We'll keep weeding out the troublesome ones, keep fattening and hobbling the submissive ones.
This time, Strike is hobbling all over London searching for Owen Quine, an author gone with no warning and no word for 10 days.
The hobbling skirts and the exaggerated peplums and darts looked like the wild dreams of a woman … as envisioned by a man.
Always sympathetic for dumb beasts, Dick was hurt by every hobbling stride of the animal he bestrode.
His exordiums in particular were often hobbling and always unassuming.
Though the rain has failed to come, I begin to be glad I am hobbling along over the vexatious ties.
"We'll go just as fast as you want to," said Tom, hobbling along to the stables.
A middle-aged man was hobbling towards us in the thinning stream of homing citizens.
"A good day's work, too," muttered Jacob, hobbling homeward.
hobbling along the road was the old woman who had bade her go to Westroyal.
c.1300, hoblen "to rock back and forth, toss up and down," probably related to its Dutch cognate hobbelen (which, however, is not recorded before late 15c.).
Meaning "to walk lamely" is from c.1400. Transitive sense of "tie the legs (of an animal)" first recorded 1831, probably an alteration of 16c. hopple, cognate with Flemish hoppelen "to rock, jump," which also is related to Dutch hobbelen. Sense of "hamper, hinder" is c.1870. Related: Hobbled; hobbling. The noun is 1727, from the verb.