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hamstring

verb [T] (PREVENT)   /ˈhæm·strɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle hamstrung  /ˈhæm·strʌŋ/)
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.
(Definition of hamstring verb (PREVENT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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