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Your RBR Word of the Day: trammel

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trammel \TRAM-uhl\, noun:
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.
4. An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing kettles and other vessels over the fire.
5. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
6. An instrument for aligning or adjusting parts of a machine.

transitive verb:
1. To entangle, as in a net; to enmesh.
2. To hamper; to hinder the activity, progress, or freedom of.

Though respectable against the run last season, suspensions, health issues, offseason motorcycle accidents, and a woeful lack of experience have combined to form a frustrating trammel for the development of the Tide front seven before the start of the season.