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fetter, hobble (verb)
a shackle for the ankles or feet
fetter, shackle (verb)
restrain with fetters
A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal by its legs (usually in plural).
Anything that restricts or restrains in any way.
To shackle or bind up with fetters
To restrain or impede; to hamper.
In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna.