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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENCUMBERING

She assisted the strong hands to rip away her encumbering skirts.

All non-combatants and refugees should go to the rear and be discouraged from encumbering us.

He was as impatient to assail his task and beat off the encumbering weight.

I have purposely abstained from encumbering my narrative with legal details.

I stripped to my shirt, delighted to be freed of the encumbering garments.

The encumbering woods are cut down, the unhealthy marshes are drained.

Were he but free from these encumbering robes; were he but a man like the poet or the Chevalier!

That, stripped of every encumbering circumstance, is the story of the Monroe Doctrine.

It has debarred the other part of the community from being individual by putting them on the wrong road, and encumbering them.

These were the thoughts that passed through his mind as he paused an instant at the gate to throw off the encumbering coat.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "burden, vex, inconvenience," from Old French encombrer "to block up, hinder, thwart," from Late Latin incombrare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + combrus "barricade, obstacle," probably from Latin cumulus "heap." Meaning "hinder, hamper" is attested in English from late 14c. Related: Encumbered; encumbering.

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