encumber (someone or something) with (something)

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encumber (someone or something) with (something)

To burden or overwhelm someone or something with something. I suspect that your employees haven't come up with a solution yet because you've encumbered them with so many restrictions. Try not to encumber the system with too many operations at once.
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encumber someone or something with someone or something

to burden someone or something with someone or something. Please do not try to encumber me with your debts. She encumbered the marriage with a number of children from a previous marriage. She encumbered herself with the weight of both children and her purse.
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References in classic literature ?
[I have seen that remark before somewhere.] The pier was crowded with carriages and men; passengers were arriving and hurrying on board; the vessel's decks were encumbered with trunks and valises; groups of excursionists, arrayed in unattractive traveling costumes, were moping about in a drizzling rain and looking as droopy and woebegone as so many molting chickens.
Brian de Bois-Guilbert rolled on the field, encumbered with the stirrup, from which he was unable to draw his foot.
Through a field slippery with blood, and encumbered with broken armour and the bodies of slain and wounded horses, the marshals of the lists again conducted the victor to the foot of Prince John's throne.
Now, that idea would never have occurred to me; but then I am not encumbered with pleasures."
So much more wicked and distracted had the Revolution grown in that December month, that the rivers of the South were encumbered with the bodies of the violently drowned by night, and prisoners were shot in lines and squares under the southern wintry sun.
After getting this sudden lesson in the power of terres- trial weapons, the Martians retreated to their original position upon Horsell Common; and in their haste, and encumbered with the de'bris of their smashed companion, they no doubt overlooked many such a stray and negligible victim as myself.
You will have no objection, I dare say, to your great expectations being encumbered with that easy condition.
They went together, picking their way across muddy streets and sidewalks encumbered with the cheap display of small tradesmen.
But his fate and that of his family turn 360 degrees when his friendship with his close adviser (James Frecheville) cools-Ryan is encumbered with a series of unfortunate events when his teenage daughter (Stephanie Scott) was heavily stalked and his camera phones and hardware were hacked and monitored.
I want them to be free, not encumbered with my junk" Actor Brad Pitt, below "No matter how good you are in a movie, you'll never be any better.
A small point, but if I am eating at a nice venue I like to be relieved of my coat at the outset, preferably but not essential, by a member of staff and not encumbered with it behind me throughout my meal.
The example explains that the reason the $400 is not income is that (like a loan) the money is encumbered with a repayment obligation.
It could be useful to schoolchildren encumbered with books or to emergency personnel and soldiers who sometimes need to sprint while carrying heavy loads, says the pack's inventor, locomotion researcher Lawrence Rome of the Univerisity of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Should the project be a condominium, and the tenant organization retain a lawyer who claims the building was encumbered with mold prior to its being turned over, the periodic site visits and documented photographs can be offered up as proof that everything--from the way materials were stored to the method by which water and moisture was kept out of the structure going up, etc.--was handled appropriately.
We are encumbered with a load of care." By recognizing the emotional toil extracted by their professions, participants meditate on the scripture readings presented.