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 ?
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.
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.
It could allow a recipient of property encumbered with debt in excess of adjusted basis to elect an excise tax, coupled with a basis step-up rule similar to Sec.
NGC is currently encumbered with $320 million of senior secured bonds due 2026 (rated BBB- by Fitch).
mFormation is not encumbered with our own competing update technology for generating the firmware deltas, and can therefore support all the firmware vendors in the industry," said Mark Edwards, mFormation's CEO.
Currently 55% leveraged to market capitalization, the portfolio is fully encumbered with approximately 1.
This leap into VoD should propel cable TV beyond satellite TV operators who are encumbered with one way broadcast offerings.