They were rid of this fetter—but soon after they were also rid of their lots.
My people wished me to marry, but I had no desire to fetter myself.
But you are the last person who would admit that gratitude should fetter the hand which desires to defend itself.
Briefly, I sketched the Chief's report, fetter nodding every few words.
Should you send the papers and the books it must be by the Yarmouth coach which starts from fetter Lane.
Each engagement, even a temporary one, was felt as a fetter by Erasmus.
You may fetter my leg, but my will not even Zeus himself can overpower.
Froude and I were nobodies; with no characters to lose, and no antecedents to fetter us.
How he longed to break from the terrible nightmare which seemed to fetter him!
To yield to it, is to fetter our life with self-imposed and fantastic chains.
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.