hamstring

noun
ham·​string | \ ˈham-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce hamstring (audio) \

Definition of hamstring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

hamstring

verb
hamstrung\ ˈham-​ˌstrəŋ How to pronounce hamstrung (audio) \; hamstringing\ ˈham-​ˌstriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce hamstringing (audio) \

Definition of hamstring (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of hamstring in a Sentence

Verb The mayor tried to hamstring our efforts by cutting the budget. The company claims it is being hamstrung by government regulations.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Green has played off the bench early in the season after recovering from an early hamstring problem. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball answers a lot of questions with impressive win over No. 19 Florida State," 4 Dec. 2019 WR Stefon Diggs: Because a hamstring injury has limited Adam Thielen (inactive against Dallas), Diggs has generated more attention from opponents, but with moderate success (four catches in the last two games). Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Vikings Scouting Report: NFL leading rusher Dalvin Cook paces Minnesota offense," 13 Nov. 2019 Centre back Bruno Alves continues to be out of contention for a place in the squad with a hamstring problem. SI.com, "Inter vs Parma Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 24 Oct. 2019 Chargers guard Forrest Lamp was placed on IR this week, while both Melvin Ingram and Nasir Adderley have hamstring injuries. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears odds, picks and best bets," 23 Oct. 2019 Minnesota wide receiver Adam Thielen suffered a hamstring injury while scoring his seventh touchdown of the season in the Vikings’ 42-30 victory over Detroit. ... San Diego Union-Tribune, "NFL Today, Week 7," 20 Oct. 2019 The Chargers also are minus starting defensive end Melvin Ingram, who has missed one game so far because of a hamstring problem. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers put Mike Pouncey on injured reserve because of neck injury that requires surgery," 9 Oct. 2019 Rookie tight end Josh Oliver, still recovering from a significant hamstring injury, could be on verge of making his NFL debut. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, "Jaguars’ vaunted defense displaying vulnerabilities," 8 Oct. 2019 Safety is in decent shape if senior Jalen Moore returns soon from a hamstring problem. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State football: 10 takeaways as Beavers end preseason camp and head into Oklahoma State prep," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Wilpon-era Mets, particularly since the Madoff scandal, have been hamstrung by the Wilpons’ apparently limited budget. Dennis Young, courant.com, "Reports: Greenwich billionaire Steve Cohen to become majority owner of New York Mets," 4 Dec. 2019 The Miami Dolphins offensive line has been hamstrung by injuries all season, but the unit is getting one of it’s most important starters back. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Daniel Kilgore returns as Dolphins’ starting center vs. Colts," 10 Nov. 2019 Applying the retardants has also hamstrung designers into relying on the same tired materials. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Next-Gen Outdoor Innovations We're Watching," 1 Nov. 2019 So maybe Fangio has been hamstrung by the team’s poor personnel decisions. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: No sacks, no turnovers? What changes must Broncos make on defense?," 23 Sep. 2019 His previous ability to build coalitions has been hamstrung by his open disdain for international alliances. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Pentagon to boost air defenses in Saudi Arabia," 20 Sep. 2019 Just as consequentially, court cases have hamstrung Democrats’ ability to stage potentially powerful public hearings — in part as a result of Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats plan to broaden Trump impeachment inquiry to corruption accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 Just as consequentially, court cases have hamstrung Democrats’ ability to stage potentially powerful public hearings — in part as a result of Mr. Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight efforts. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations," 8 Sep. 2019 His job promoting the country’s tourism has been especially hamstrung in recent weeks, as the news of the fires hit the headlines globally. Fox News, "Brazil's tourism ambassador threatens to 'choke' Macron, says he is 'sleeping with a dragon'," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hamstring

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hamstring was in 1565

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hamstring.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hamstring?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hamstr01. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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hamstring

noun
How to pronounce hamstring (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hamstring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hamstring

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hamstring (Entry 2 of 2)

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

hamstring

noun
ham·​string | \ ˈham-ˌstriŋ How to pronounce hamstring (audio) \

Medical Definition of hamstring

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : either of two groups of tendons bounding the upper part of the popliteal space at the back of the knee and forming the tendons of insertion of some muscles of the back of the thigh
2 : a large tendon above and behind the hock of a quadruped corresponding to the human Achilles tendon

hamstring

transitive verb
hamstrung\ -​ˌstrəŋ How to pronounce hamstrung (audio) \; hamstringing\ -​ˌstriŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce hamstringing (audio) \

Medical Definition of hamstring (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cripple by cutting the leg tendons folklore has it that wolf packs try to hamstring their prey— John Madson

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