Usage examples for encumbers

  1. He might have replied to Lord Lawrence with the ironical question with which Dr. Johnson declined Lord Chesterfield's belated offer of patronage: " Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and, when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?" – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose