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Meaning of hogtie

hog•tie

Pronunciation: (hôg'tī", hog'-), [key]
— -tied, -ty•ing.
  1. to tie (an animal) with all four feet together.
  2. to hamper or thwart: Repeated delays hogtied the investigation.
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