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ham per

  • n  a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
  • n  a basket usually with a cover
  • v  prevent the progress or free movement of
    He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather
  • v  put at a disadvantage

  • The march of the unscrupulous power brokers in the education department is being hampered only by a proactive press.
  • The much loved employee was given a grand send off along with a hamper that had been thoughtfully packed with a survival kit.
  • The government will do all in its power to fight anything that hampers the growth of industry.
News & Articles

  • Linking early warning to early action in the Sahel
    While aid agencies agree that early warning systems offer the chance to mitigate humanitarian crises, difficulty in funding pre-emptive measures and government sensitivities in admitting a looming disaster continue to hamper early action.
    June 18, 2013 - IRIN
  • Oysters may struggle to build shells as carbon dioxide rises
    Ocean acidification could hamper larvae's growth
    June 17, 2013 - Science News
  • Agents: Fuel-saving measures hamper Border Patrol
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Budget cuts have hampered the U.S. Border Patrol's work in its busiest sector on the Southwest border, agents said Friday, with the agency introducing fuel conservation measures in the Rio Grande Valley that have agents patrolling on foot and doubling up in vehicles.
    June 14, 2013 - Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  • Adm William Fallon in ABC News (blog)
    Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the president's policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the Centcom region,Fallon said at the time. "And although I don't...
  • Barack Obama in ABC News
    Let's see if there are ways of doing this that are both legal, that are constitutional, that uphold our basic principles of fairness, but don't hamper us from getting the banking system back on track,Obama said on CBS' "60 Minutes."
  • Ban Ki-moon in BBC News
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement: "Punitive policies and practices only hamper the global AIDS response. I urge all other countries with such restrictions to remove them as a matter of priority and urgency."

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