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hamstring

1hamstring

noun ham·string \ˈham-ˌstriŋ\

: a tendon at the back of a person's knee

: a muscle at the back of a person's upper leg

Full Definition of HAMSTRING

1
a :  either of two groups of tendons at the back of the human knee
b :  any of three muscles at the back of the thigh that function to flex and rotate the leg and extend the thigh
2
:  a large tendon above and behind the hock of a quadruped

First Known Use of HAMSTRING

1565

2hamstring

verb

: to damage or ruin the force or effectiveness of (something or someone)

hamstrung \-ˌstrəŋ\hamstring·ing \-ˌstriŋ-iŋ\

Full Definition of HAMSTRING

transitive verb
1
:  to make ineffective or powerless :  cripple <hamstrung by guilt>
2
:  to cripple by cutting the leg tendons

Examples of HAMSTRING

  1. The mayor tried to hamstring our efforts by cutting the budget.
  2. The company claims it is being hamstrung by government regulations.

First Known Use of HAMSTRING

1641

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