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ham·string

 (hăm′strĭng′)
n.
1. Any of the tendons at the rear hollow of the human knee.
2. or hamstrings The hamstring muscle.
3. The large tendon in the back of the hock of a quadruped.
tr.v. ham·strung (-strŭng′), ham·string·ing, ham·strings
1. To cut the hamstring of (an animal or a person) and thereby cripple.
2. To destroy or hinder the efficiency of; frustrate: "These worthwhile books are often hamstrung by unimaginative formats and inaccurate art" (Don Lessem).
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hamstrung

adjective incapacitated, disabled, crippled, helpless, paralysed, at a loss, hors de combat (French) Now he knows what it's like to represent a hamstrung super-power.
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Yes, but when once they are hamstrung, our necks will be strung next.
At present Emre, Kieron Dyer and Albert Luque are all hamstrung, while the United career of Aussie defender Craig Moore has also been hampered by the same problem.
And hamstring victim Bellamy also played no part in the UEFA Cup semi-final that year against Marseille along with Dyer and Lee Bowyer, also hamstrung.