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hamstring

verb [T often passive]     /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ (hamstrung)
to limit the amount of something that can be done or the ability or power of someone to do something: The company was hamstrung by traditional but inefficient ways of conducting business.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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