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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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hamstring

(ˈhæmˌstrɪŋ)
n
1. (Anatomy) anatomy any of the tendons at the back of the knee.
2. (Zoology) the large tendon at the back of the hock in the hind leg of a horse, etc
vb (tr) , -strings, -stringing or -strung
3. to cripple by cutting the hamstring of
4. to ruin or thwart
[C16: ham1 + string]
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ham•string

(ˈhæmˌstrɪŋ)

n., v. -strung, -string•ing. n.
1. (in humans)
a. any of the tendons in the region behind the knee.
2. (in quadrupeds) the great tendon at the back of the hock.
v.t.
3. to disable by cutting hamstrings.
4. to render powerless, ineffective, etc.; thwart: hamstrung by fear.
[1555–65]
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ham·string

(hăm′strĭng′)
A powerful group of muscles with strong tendons at the back of the thigh or hind leg.
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ham, hamstring - Originally, the part of the leg behind the knee was called the ham, and then the tendon near the ham was the hamstring; by extension, the ham became the thigh and buttock together.
See also related terms for thigh.
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hamstring


Past participle: hamstrung
Gerund: hamstringing

Imperative
hamstring
hamstring
Present
I hamstring
you hamstring
he/she/it hamstrings
we hamstring
you hamstring
they hamstring
Preterite
I hamstrung
you hamstrung
he/she/it hamstrung
we hamstrung
you hamstrung
they hamstrung
Present Continuous
I am hamstringing
you are hamstringing
he/she/it is hamstringing
we are hamstringing
you are hamstringing
they are hamstringing
Present Perfect
I have hamstrung
you have hamstrung
he/she/it has hamstrung
we have hamstrung
you have hamstrung
they have hamstrung
Past Continuous
I was hamstringing
you were hamstringing
he/she/it was hamstringing
we were hamstringing
you were hamstringing
they were hamstringing
Past Perfect
I had hamstrung
you had hamstrung
he/she/it had hamstrung
we had hamstrung
you had hamstrung
they had hamstrung
Future
I will hamstring
you will hamstring
he/she/it will hamstring
we will hamstring
you will hamstring
they will hamstring
Future Perfect
I will have hamstrung
you will have hamstrung
he/she/it will have hamstrung
we will have hamstrung
you will have hamstrung
they will have hamstrung
Future Continuous
I will be hamstringing
you will be hamstringing
he/she/it will be hamstringing
we will be hamstringing
you will be hamstringing
they will be hamstringing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hamstringing
you have been hamstringing
he/she/it has been hamstringing
we have been hamstringing
you have been hamstringing
they have been hamstringing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hamstringing
you will have been hamstringing
he/she/it will have been hamstringing
we will have been hamstringing
you will have been hamstringing
they will have been hamstringing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hamstringing
you had been hamstringing
he/she/it had been hamstringing
we had been hamstringing
you had been hamstringing
they had been hamstringing
Conditional
I would hamstring
you would hamstring
he/she/it would hamstring
we would hamstring
you would hamstring
they would hamstring
Past Conditional
I would have hamstrung
you would have hamstrung
he/she/it would have hamstrung
we would have hamstrung
you would have hamstrung
they would have hamstrung
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hamstring - one of the tendons at the back of the kneehamstring - one of the tendons at the back of the knee
sinew, tendon - a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment
Verb1.hamstring - make ineffective or powerless; "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
bedevil, dun, rag, torment, frustrate, crucify - treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
2.hamstring - cripple by cutting the hamstring
lame - deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg; "The accident has crippled her for life"
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hamstring

verb thwart, stop, block, prevent, ruin, frustrate, handicap, curb, foil, obstruct, impede, balk, fetter He could hamstring a conservative-led coalition.
Related words
adjective popliteal
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hamstring

verb
To restrict the activity or free movement of:
Informal: hog-tie.
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Translations

hamstring

[ˈhæmstrɪŋ] (hamstrung (vb: pt, pp))
A. N [of person] → tendón m de la corva; [of animal] → tendón m del jarrete
B. VT (lit) → desjarretar (fig) → paralizar
C. CPD hamstring injury Nlesión f del tendón de la corva
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hamstring

[ˈhæmstrɪŋ]
ntendon m du jarret hamstring injury
vt [+ person, activity, development] → paralyserhamstring injury nclaquage m au jarret
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hamstring

vb: pret, ptp <hamstrung>
n (Anat) → Kniesehne f; (of animal)Achillessehne f
vt
(lit) person, animaldie Kniesehne/Achillessehne durchschneiden (+dat)
(fig) attempt etcvereiteln, unterbinden; personhandlungsunfähig machen; to be hamstrungaufgeschmissen sein (inf); (project) → lahmgelegt sein, lahmliegen
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hamstring

[ˈhæmˌstrɪŋ] (hamstrung (vb: pt, pp))
1. n (Anat) → tendine m del ginocchio; (of horse) → corda del garretto
2. vttagliare i tendini delle gambe a (fig) → tagliare le gambe a
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ham·string

1. n. tendones de la corva;
2. músculos flexores y aductores de la parte posterior del muslo.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

hamstring

n tendón m de la corva
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References in classic literature ?
In politics the party that prevents the Government from running amuck by hamstringing it.
The Jester, making up by agility the want of strength, and little noticed by the men-at-arms, who were busied in their more important object, hovered on the skirts of the fight, and effectually checked the fatal career of the Blue Knight, by hamstringing his horse with a stroke of his sword.