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 Gordon was downgraded to out with a sore left hamstring, forcing him to miss the game with two off days before the Rockets play in Chicago on Saturday. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets guard Eric Gordon ruled out for Warriors game," 6 Nov. 2019 Burnley, meanwhile, will be hoping that Chris Wood is fit to start after missing the heavy home defeat to Chelsea with a tight hamstring. SI.com, "Sheffield United vs Burnley Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 30 Oct. 2019 With David Johnson still hobbling on a sore ankle, Chase Edmonds doubtful due to a sore hamstring and a Thursday night game looming, the Cardinals need someone healthy in the backfield. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football waiver wire: Does Kenyan Drake have any value for Arizona Cardinals?," 29 Oct. 2019 Edmonds suffered a pulled hamstring during the third-quarter of Sunday’s game. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Brees lights up Cardinals secondary, shows no signs of injury," 27 Oct. 2019 In the second quarter against Arizona, Stephen Carr strained a hamstring. Los Angeles Times, "Column: USC’s Kenan Christon puts on electric performance in win against Arizona," 20 Oct. 2019 In addition, Wayne Ellington missed the first seven games last season, dealing with a sore left ankle, and Winslow the first four, due to a sore right hamstring. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "10 burning Heat questions: From Butler to Winslow to Dragic to health and a healthier free-throw percentage," 26 Sep. 2019 In August, 2018, an awkward slide into home plate resulted in a torn hamstring that ended his season ahead of schedule. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "What’s next for Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants?," 24 Aug. 2019 Post-deadline, the Mets, after losing Robinson Cano to a torn hamstring, added second baseman Joe Panik. Joe Lemire, New York Times, "The Mets’ Latest August Run Stalls, but Optimism Abounds," 11 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But they're mostly hamstrung by their one-note characters, which for Key means behaving as manically as possible and Leguizamo repeatedly mangling historical quotes and displaying an intense proclivity for cooking with Spam. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Playing With Fire': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 But he also was hamstrung by organizational dysfunction and rampant injuries. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Redskins fire coach Jay Gruden after winless start," 7 Oct. 2019 But they were hamstrung by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's tight restrictions. Damian Paletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal agencies dramatically expand exposure to risky mortgages, echoing concerns before Great Recession," 3 Oct. 2019 But they were hamstrung by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s tight restrictions. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "Federal government has dramatically expanded exposure to risky mortgages," 2 Oct. 2019 Two members resigned last month, saying the organization’s rules hamstrung their ability to work effectively. Washington Post, "Family of Thai Muslim who died in army custody seeks justice," 26 Aug. 2019 In one of the most egregious cases, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. put up a voter initiative aimed at hamstringing the creation of municipal electric utilities, which would, obviously, compete with PG&E. The measure lost. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: SoCal Gas accused of setting up an ‘astro-turf’ group to plead its case to regulators," 8 Aug. 2019 Related Republicans face the possibility of fewer seats in Congress next year or even the loss of control of the House, hamstringing the GOP’s ability to help President Donald Trump with Nafta or other administration priorities. Siobhan Hughes And William Mauldin, WSJ, "As Nafta Deadline Nears, Hopes for Deal Focus on Autos," 10 May 2018 These leaders have made choices like not raising the federal minimum wage in 10 years, and hamstringing the right to organize by passing right-to-work laws. Carmen Rojas, Quartz at Work, "The problem with making “white” synonymous with “America’s working class”," 2 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of hamstring was in 1565

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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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