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Hamstring   Listen
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Hamstring  v. t.  (past & past part. hamstrung; pres. part. hamstringing)  To lame or disable by cutting the tendons of the ham or knee; to hough; hence, to cripple; to incapacitate; to disable. "So have they hamstrung the valor of the subject by seeking to effeminate us all at home."






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"Hamstring" Quotes from Famous Books



... John, if you please, to a lad of his years and stature. And now, Tom Faggus, be off, if you please, and think yourself lucky to go so; and if ever that horse comes into our yard, I'll hamstring him myself if none of my cowards ...
— Lorna Doone - A Romance of Exmoor • R. D. Blackmore

... caught Artis's right hand with the stout cane, numbing his nerves, so that the poker fell. With a second blow, he seemed to hamstring his adversary, who staggered, and would have fallen, but for Capel's hand grasping him by the collar; and then, for two or three minutes, there was a hail of blows falling, and a terrible struggle going on. The light chairs were kicked aside, a table overturned, ...
— The Dark House - A Knot Unravelled • George Manville Fenn



Words linked to "Hamstring" :   cripple, dun, rag, torment, tendon, lame, hamstring tendon, bedevil, frustrate, sinew



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