One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he made progress towards an ideal which the trammels of tradition never allowed him to attain’
restraint, constraint, curb, check, impediment, obstacle, barrier, handicap, bar, block, hindrance, encumbrance, disadvantage, drawback, snag, stumbling block
shackles, fetters, bonds
1‘the narrow skirt trammelled her steps’
restrict, restrain, constrain, hamper, confine, curb, check, hinder, handicap, obstruct, impede, interfere with, forestall, thwart, frustrate
hold back, retard, slow down, cramp, clog, straiten, hem in
hamstring, bridle, encumber, enmesh, ensnare
British informal throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of
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