One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘this legislation is a handicap to the competitiveness of the industry’
impediment, hindrance, obstacle, barrier, bar, encumbrance
disadvantage, drawback, stumbling block, difficulty, shortcoming, obstruction, limitation, constraint, straitjacket, restriction, check, block, curb
ball and chain, albatross, millstone round someone's neck
2‘he was born with a significant visual handicap’
disability, physical abnormality, mental abnormality, defect, impairment, affliction, disadvantage, deficiency
1‘delivery of services has been handicapped by inadequate investment’
hamper, impede, hinder, impair, disadvantage, put at a disadvantage, hamstring, curtail
restrict, check, obstruct, block, curb, bridle, hold back, constrain, limit, encumber
North American informal bork
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