One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a picnic hamper’
basket, pannier, wickerwork basket
box, container, holder
1‘an attempt to hamper the investigations’
hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up, interfere with
restrict, restrain, constrain, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, bridle, handicap, cripple, hamstring, shackle, fetter, encumber
British informal throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal bork, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
rare cumber, trammel
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