hamstring | hamstrung

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

render powerless

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hamstring - handicap

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The hamstring muscle plays a very important function in propelling the body forward. For that reason, injury to that area can be very debilitating. That fact has been adapted into a verb so that if you were to ‘hamstring’ somebody or something, you would limit their options or hinder their ability to take a particular course of action. Most commonly used in relation to business, politics, and finance.

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Synonyms shackle
Antonyms embolden,invigorate

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  1. John believes that excessive regulations in the financial sector only serve to hamstring growth. He prefers a laissez-faire approach.

  2. Construction of the facility has been hamstrung by budgetary cuts. It’s now unclear when it can be completed.

  3. Sarah is not being a team player. Instead, she is trying to hamstring me at every turn because she wants to be the project leader instead of me.

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