Adjective "hamstrung" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Any of five tendons at the back of a person's knee.
  1. 'Your gluteus maximus and hamstrings are powerful hip extensors that are activated whenever you stand, sit or step up.'
  2. 'The lift is actually performed by the leg muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteus maximus) on the way up.'
  3. 'You must squat to build a symmetrical sexy lower body with a balance between the quadriceps and the hamstrings and gluteus maximus.'
  4. 'They can go to the neck and slice the jugular vein and carotid artery; they can cut the hamstring above the hock; they can cut the band on top of the neck.'


Cripple (a person or animal) by cutting their hamstrings.
  1. 'Squall pushed aside the chair that Mathers was trying to hamstring him with.'
  2. 'That would give the government a much-needed handle on economic policy-making, which has been hamstrung by opposition obstructionism.'
  3. 'Oh absolutely, he does actually mean well, he's just hamstrung by a severe shortfall in the social skills department.'
  4. 'This secrecy effectively hamstrings the negotiations of other webcasters and makes it difficult for artists to collect what they are owed.'
  5. 'Needing a decision from every member before any action can be taken hamstrings the leadership, slows action to a standstill, and ends up watering down the activism to the lowest common denominator.'
  6. 'Its construction has been hamstrung by numerous delays and corruption scandals.'
  7. 'Is NASA too hamstrung by those restraints to do something as bold as returning to the moon and going to Mars?'
  8. 'Determined terrorists have become adept at forging EU passports at precisely the time that the agency charged with blocking their entry is hamstrung by a lack of personnel.'
  9. 'It is false to suggest the Act is delaying the process or that development is hamstrung.'
  10. 'Once the strike began, television was already flooded with a backlog of commercials, virtually hamstringing the cause by making its effect invisible.'
  11. 'More familiar, but less important, were the internal squabbles and petty jealousies among civil rights leaders that hindered, but never hamstrung, the movement for justice.'

More definitions

1. (in humans and other primates) any of the tendons that bound the ham of the knee.

2. (in quadrupeds) the great tendon at the back of the hock. verb (used with object), hamstrung, hamstringing.

3. to disable by cutting the hamstring or hamstrings; cripple.

4. to render powerless or useless; thwart: Their efforts were hamstrung by stubborn pride.

More examples(as adjective)

"governments can be hamstrung by disputes."

"powers can be hamstrung by admissions."

"unions can be hamstrung from starts."

"places can be hamstrung by weeks."

"places can be hamstrung by taxes."

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(hamstring)16th century: from ham + string.