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hamstring

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noun ham·string \ˈham-ˌstriŋ\

Simple Definition of hamstring

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

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hamstring

  1. 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. 2 :  a large tendon above and behind the hock of a quadruped


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hamstring

verb ham·string

Simple Definition of hamstring

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hamstring

hamstrung \-ˌstrəŋ\hamstringing \-ˌstriŋ-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make ineffective or powerless :  cripple <hamstrung by guilt>

  3. 2 :  to cripple by cutting the leg tendons

Examples of hamstring in a sentence

  1. The mayor tried to hamstring our efforts by cutting the budget.

  2. The company claims it is being hamstrung by government regulations.



1641

First Known Use of hamstring

1641



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