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 hamstrung
Consumers, hamstrung by low confidence and a weak recovery, are reluctant to spend and borrow.
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|DAILY BEAST
Hamstrung and weakened, labor would be in poor position to fight Brown as it did Davis and Schwarzenegger.
Paphnutius, besides, came limping on one leg, his left having been hamstrung.
Getting up close behind the still fighting wild deer, with one stroke of their weapons they hamstrung the brave creatures.The Young Rajah|W.H.G. Kingston
Amr jumped off his horse and hamstrung it; thereby showing that he did not wish to use it for fight or flight.The Life of Mohammad|Etienne Dinet
One rushed up and hamstrung the beast, while still standing, by a blow with an axe.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
We say when we cut these large muscles that we have “hamstrung” the animal.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
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]