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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Definitions for trammel

  1. A kind of net for catching birds, fish, etc.
  2. A kind of shackle used for making a horse amble.
  3. Something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.

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Citations for trammel
I feel she dances a symbol of human happiness as it should be, free from unnatural trammels. John Sloan, quoted in New York Modern by William B. Scott and Peter M. Rutkoff
Is it a dull or uninstructive picture to see a whole people shaking suddenly off the trammels of reason, and running wild after a golden vision, refusing obstinately to believe that it is not real, till, like a deluded hind running after an ignis fatuus, they are plunged into a quagmire? Charles Mackay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Origin of trammel
1325-1375
Trammel is from Old French tramail, from Late Latin tremaculum, a kind of net for catching fish, from Latin tres, "three" + macula, "a mesh."