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English definition of “hamstring”

hamstring

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ (hamstrung) us  
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.

hamstring

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ us  
any of five tendons (= pieces of tissue connecting muscles to bones) at the back of the knee: He pulled (= injured) a hamstring while playing rugby. one of the three large muscles at the back of the thigh: the hamstring muscles
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