verb (used with object), ham·strung, ham·string·ing.
- hampton, lionel,
- hampton, wade,
- hamster wheel,
- hamstring muscle,
- hamsun, knut,
Origin of hamstring
Examples from the Web for hamstring
Feinstein worried that this language might hamstring American foreign policy decision makers as a result.
Try single leg curls to really test your hamstring and glute strength.
Miranda Green on whether a federal law is needed—or will hamstring cops.After Trayvon Martin: Is It Time to End Racial Profiling?|Miranda Green|May 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What madness, then, for the ex-speaker to hamstring himself by pledging not to go negative.Newt Gingrich Targets Romney, Returns to Cage-Fighting Roots|Michelle Cottle|January 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Following this, at the other end of the gym, Keith handed me a pole for hamstring extensions.
The wolves were running with it, perhaps had been chasing it all night, and were snapping it its heels, trying to hamstring it.Ted Strong in Montana|Edward C. Taylor
He cut his own hamstring for cowardice, so's he shouldn't go into battle, and then they cut the other.Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer|George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)
I suppose they feared that some of us might crawl out and hamstring them did they picket them near their camp.The Dash for Khartoum|George Alfred Henty
But how to prevent it,—in other words, how to hamstring the Rebellion and conquer a peace,—this is the question.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 9 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Hamstring their horses, and burn their chariots with fire, etc..The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
verb -strings, -stringing or -strung (tr)
Word Origin for hamstring
1640s, "to disable, render useless," a figurative verbal extension from the noun hamstring "tendon at the back of the knee" (1560s), from ham "bend of the knee" (see ham (n.1)) + string. Cutting this would render a person or animal lame. Related: Hamstrung.
[I]n hamstring, -string is not the verb string; we do not string the ham, but do something to the tendon called the hamstring; the verb, that is, is made not from the two words ham & string, but from the noun hamstring. It must therefore make hamstringed. [Fowler]