having been made powerless or useless; thwarted: The candidates also face a housing market crisis, subway strikes, and a hamstrung government.
having had the hamstring tendon cut: She fell like a hamstrung deer.
the simple past tense and past participle of hamstring.
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How to use hamstrung in a sentence
Consumers, hamstrung by low confidence and a weak recovery, are reluctant to spend and borrow.
Quinn has at times seemed hamstrung about how to address the issue of gender.As Christine Quinn Fades, Why Aren’t More Women Winning? | David Freedlander | September 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
hamstrung by the lower standards of the boom years, it reported that it was still coping with the overhang of the bubble.
But Netanyahu may be hamstrung by a lack of international support, reports Dan Ephron.Large Israeli Offensive in Gaza Looms After Hamas Rocket Attacks | Dan Ephron | November 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The book presents a nightmare: socialists have taken over, and they keep anyone the least bit creative hamstrung with regulations.The Search for Serious Literary Fiction for Republicans | James McGirk | November 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
A wolf would have hamstrung his opponent and killed him at his leisure; but foxes rarely fight to the death.Wild Folk | Samuel Scoville
This was done; he was hamstrung, and then set on a certain small island near the shore, called Sævarstad.The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson | Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
Wasn't it going to be nice to live in a world without punctured eardrums and hamstrung nerves?Cue for Quiet | Thomas L. Sherred
For many minutes the bull stood motionless, his hamstrung quarter sinking lower and lower.Kazan | James Oliver Curwood
Paphnutius, besides, came limping on one leg, his left having been hamstrung.