[hawg-tahy, hog-]

verb (used with object), hog·tied, hog·ty·ing.

to tie (an animal) with all four feet together.
to hamper or thwart: Repeated delays hogtied the investigation.

Origin of hogtie

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; hog + tie
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British Dictionary definitions for hogtying


verb -ties, -tying or -tied (tr) mainly US

to tie together the legs or the arms and legs of
to impede, hamper, or thwart
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