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hamstrung -- as in: hamstrung by excessive rules
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Moby Dick
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  • It is sometimes the custom when fast to a whale more than commonly powerful and alert, to seek to hamstring him, as it were, by sundering or maiming his gigantic tail-tendon.

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  • Efforts are hamstrung by out-dated regulations.
  • She is hamstrung by injury.

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