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HAMSTRING (hamstrung)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hamstring mean? 

HAMSTRING (noun)
  The noun HAMSTRING has 1 sense:

1. one of the tendons at the back of the knee

  Familiarity information: HAMSTRING used as a noun is very rare.


HAMSTRING (verb)
  The verb HAMSTRING has 2 senses:

1. make ineffective or powerless
2. cripple by cutting the hamstring

  Familiarity information: HAMSTRING used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HAMSTRING (noun)


Sense 1hamstring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

One of the tendons at the back of the knee

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

hamstring; hamstring tendon

Hypernyms ("hamstring" is a kind of...):

sinew; tendon (a cord or band of inelastic tissue connecting a muscle with its bony attachment)


HAMSTRING (verb)


Sense 1hamstring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make ineffective or powerless

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules

Hypernyms (to "hamstring" is one way to...):

bedevil; crucify; dun; frustrate; rag; torment (treat cruelly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to hamstring Sue


Sense 2hamstring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cripple by cutting the hamstring

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Hypernyms (to "hamstring" is one way to...):

cripple; lame (deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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