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cramp

noun uk   /kræmp/ us  
[C or U] a sudden painful tightening in a muscle, often after a lot of exercise, that limits movement: Several runners needed treatment for cramp (US cramps) and exhaustion. I've got cramp (US a cramp) in my foot. stomach crampsDisorders of muscles and the nervous system cramps [plural] pains in the lower stomach caused by a woman's periodPain and painful

cramp

verb [T] uk   /kræmp/ us  
to limit someone, especially to prevent them from enjoying a full life: Worry and lack of money cramp the lives of the unemployed.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of cramp from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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