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At various times of the year, Bardstown Road is a corridor for thousands of zombies, a string of St. Patrick's Day parade participants, and for hundreds of bicycle riders and walkers enjoying an unfettered outing during CycLOUvia.
This passage highlights another problem that arises when corporations have unfettered control of a city-wide project: They aren’t required to make their plans known to the public, despite the fact that the public is paying for much of the work.
Though the Senate bill gives Chao and NHTSA several oversight responsibilities, safety advocates have been fearful that the absence of regulations would allow unfettered development of the vehicles.
If there was a real, unfettered draft of 24 stars for the All-Star Game, these East players would likely be in: James, Antetokounmpo, Wall, Irving, Hayward, Lowry.
The unfettered bickering and name-calling between Trump and Kim is unsettling to the entire world.
The rise of nullification does not decrease the danger of an unfettered Trump administration.
On one side are employees who idealize Facebook’s lofty goals of unfettered speech and do not think the company should be in the business of censoring what its users have to say.
The law required large-scale commercial breeders to upgrade their facilities, such as roughly doubling the size of kennels, providing unfettered access to an exercise area, improving ventilation, and using solid instead of wire flooring.
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A fetter is a chain or shackle for the feet (as on a prisoner), or, more broadly, anything that confines or restrains. The word derives from Middle English "feter" and shares a relationship with Old English fot, meaning "foot." In current English "unfettered" typically suggests that someone or something is figuratively "unchained," or unrestrained in progress or spirit. The poet John Donne is believed to have been the first to use "unfettered" in this way, in his 1601 work The Progress of the Soule: "To an unfetterd soules quick nimble hast / Are falling stars, and hearts thoughts, but slow pac'd."
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