Definition of hamstring verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hamstring

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hamstring
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrɪŋ//
 
he / she / it hamstrings
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrɪŋz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrɪŋz//
 
past simple hamstrung
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
past participle hamstrung
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
-ing form hamstringing
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrɪŋɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrɪŋɪŋ//
 
 
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(hamstrung, hamstrung
BrE BrE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmstrʌŋ//
 
)
[often passive] hamstring somebody/something to prevent somebody/something from working or taking action in the way that is needed
Word Origin 16th cent.: from ham ‘back of the thigh’ + string.
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