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To limit someone's freedom to act - thesaurus

Synonyms

limit

verb

to reduce or control someone’s freedom to do what they want or someone’s ability to be effective

tie down

to stop someone from being free to do what they want

control

verb

to make people behave in the way that you want them to behave

hamper

verb

to limit someone’s freedom to move

fence in

to limit someone’s freedom

constrain

verb

formal to limit someone’s freedom to do what they want

pen in

to make someone feel that they cannot escape from a situation

bind

verb

to limit what someone is allowed to do by making them obey a rule or agreement

infringe

verb

to limit or reduce someone’s legal rights or freedom

fetter

verb

literary to limit someone’s freedom to do what they want

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box in

to limit someone’s freedom to choose what to do

clip someone’s wings

to make someone have less freedom or power than before

cramp someone’s style

to make someone feel that they cannot behave in the way they want

disempower

verb

to reduce the amount of control that someone has over a situation or over their life

enslave

verb

if a feeling or idea enslaves someone, it influences everything that they do or think

ensnare

verb

formal if a bad situation ensnares someone, they are unable to escape from it

get your hooks into someone

to get someone and keep them in a situation that is bad for them

have someone by the balls

impolite to have complete control over someone, so that they have to do what you want

have someone on a string

to be able to control someone

hedge in

to limit someone’s freedom or ability to do something

hold down

to stop someone from having their freedom or rights

keep back

to prevent someone from making progress

keep down

to control people in such a strict or cruel way that they have very little freedom or very few rights

leave someone (with) no choice

to make someone feel that they must do something

lock into

to involve someone or something in a system, plan etc in such a way that they cannot easily escape from it

purge

verb

to remove people suddenly or violently from an organization, group etc

put down

to use force to stop a protest or an attempt by people to take power away from a government or leader

quash

verb

formal to use force or violence to stop the political action taken by a group of people

repress

verb

to use force or violence to control people

suffocate

verb

to feel that you are not free to enjoy your life or to do what you want, or to make someone feel this way

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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