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English definition of “hamstring”

hamstring

verb [T]  /ˈhæm·strɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle hamstrung  /ˈhæm·strʌŋ/) us  

hamstring verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent an activity, or to block the effectiveness of someone or something: The company is hamstrung by its traditional but inefficient ways of doing business.

hamstring

noun [C]  /ˈhæm·strɪŋ/ us  

hamstring noun [C] (MUSCLE)

a muscle at the back of the upper part of the leg: I played the whole game with a pulled hamstring (= injured muscle in the leg).
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