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hamstring

noun ham·string \ ˈham-ˌstriŋ \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of hamstring

1565


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hamstring

verb

Definition of hamstring

hamstrung play \ˈham-ˌstrəŋ\; hamstringing play \ˈham-ˌstriŋ-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to make ineffective or powerless : cripple
  • hamstrung by guilt
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.

Recent Examples of hamstring from the Web

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First Known Use of hamstring

1641


HAMSTRING Defined for English Language Learners

hamstring

noun

Definition of hamstring for English Language Learners

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

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


hamstring

verb

Definition of hamstring for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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hamstring

noun ham·string \ ˈham-ˌstriŋ \

medical Definition of hamstring

1 a : 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

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hamstring

transitive verb

medical Definition of hamstring

hamstrung play \-ˌstrəŋ\; hamstringing play \-ˌstriŋ-iŋ\
: to cripple by cutting the leg tendons
  • folklore has it that wolf packs try to hamstring their prey
  • —John Madson


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