Definition of hamstring in English:

hamstring

Syllabification: ham·string
Pronunciation: /ˈhamˌstriNG
 
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noun

  • 1Any of five tendons at the back of a person’s knee: he pulled a hamstring
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    • The lift is actually performed by the leg muscles (quadriceps, hamstrings, and gluteus maximus) on the way up.
    • You must squat to build a symmetrical sexy lower body with a balance between the quadriceps and the hamstrings and gluteus maximus.
    • Your gluteus maximus and hamstrings are powerful hip extensors that are activated whenever you stand, sit or step up.
  • 1.1The great tendon at the back of a quadruped’s hock.
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    • Do not run down the rear of the leg when nearing the hock as it is easy to cut the hamstring and cause lameness.
    • They can go to the neck and slice the jugular vein and carotid artery; they can cut the hamstring above the hock; they can cut the band on top of the neck.

verb (past and past participle hamstrung)

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  • 1Cripple (a person or animal) by cutting their hamstrings.
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    • He hammered the remnants of his blade into the chest of the one who shattered it, and jumped to avoid a swipe that would have hamstrung him.
    • Squall pushed aside the chair that Mathers was trying to hamstring him with.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (usually be hamstrung) Severely restrict the efficiency or effectiveness of: we were hamstrung by a total lack of knowledge
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    • His ability to bring reform to Brazil will be hamstrung by budget restrictions
    • Its construction has been hamstrung by numerous delays and corruption scandals.
    • But our currency is hamstrung by severe structural distortions in both the economic and financial spheres.

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