[n] a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
[n] a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
[n] a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
[v] prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
[v] secure with a cramp