Meaning of “hamstring” in the English Dictionary

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hamstringverb [ T ]

us /ˈhæm·strɪŋ/ past tense and past participle hamstrung /ˈhæm·strʌŋ/

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.

hamstringnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhæm·strɪŋ/

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).

(Definition of “hamstring” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)