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1 a fishing net with three layers; the outer two are coarse mesh and the loose inner layer is fine mesh [syn: trammel net]
2 an adjustable pothook set in a fireplace
3 a restraint that is used to teach a horse to amble
4 a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner) [syn: shackle, bond, hamper, trammels]


1 catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: trap, entrap, snare, ensnare]
2 place limits on (extent or access); "restrict the use of this parking lot"; "limit the time you can spend with your friends" [syn: restrict, restrain, limit, bound, confine, throttle] [also: tramels, tramelling, tramelled, trameling, trameled]

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  1. Something that impedes activity, freedom, or progress.


(UK) (US)
  1. To hamper.

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