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as in:  hamstrung by excessive rules

Efforts are hamstrung by out-dated regulations.
  make less effective or powerless
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hamstring hamstrung hamstrings hamstringing
Strongly Associated with:   hamper, hobbled
Hamstrung originally referred to cutting of tendons or hind legs of cattle or other animals, so that they could not escape.
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  • Efforts are hamstrung by out-dated regulations.
  • She is hamstrung by injury.
  • Never mind the cramp snaking up my hamstrings and thighs: I’ve got amazing gossip to spread.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Contrary to one more tenet of the wolf myth, I never saw a wolf attempt to hamstring a deer.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • They were big and savage enough to hamstring a horse or drag down a full-grown cow.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • "After you eat dirt, you mean," she says, bending forward to stretch out her hamstrings.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I felt crippled, hamstrung by the situation, but she was obviously on her way out of the orbit of my own existence with its absurdly unrequited love.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I massage a spasm from my hamstring as I march past the twelfth floor, and try to recover some of my lost air.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • All she could see up ahead were the hamstrings and bobbing ponytails of the girls in front.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Holding her towel in one hand, she reached for the jar, scooped some into her palm, and slid her hand down her pants to rub it into her hamstring.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars

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  • They were hamstringing mankind.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • BY DINNERTIME, my shoulders and hamstrings had tightened.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Luma would have liked to practice corner kicks, penalty kicks, and free kicks, specific situations in which the Fugees needed improvement badly, but she was hamstrung by the failure of the YMCA to come through with those soccer goals.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Turn around before I rip out one of your hamstrings.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • "Shall I gut and hamstring you?" he demanded, almost prancing with a terrible, bloody glee.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I’d hamstring any one of my brothers who tried.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • out, or else they were crawling along the roads on hands and knees, because they had been hamstrung.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • They could and did harass and hamstring them with conflicting regulations about the operation of their business, the wages they must pay their servants, what they should say in public and private utterances and what they should write in newspapers.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Fear, doubt, and hate have hamstrung more people than beasts ever have.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • But if we do, I swear I shall hamstring their horses’ legs and toss the riders from their car; the chariot I’ll break to pieces: not in ten long years will their concussions from that lightning stroke be healed.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • They had torn both my hamstrings.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • The Jester, making up by agility the want of strength, and little noticed by the men-at-arms, who were busied in their more important object, hovered on the skirts of the fight, and effectually checked the fatal career of the Blue Knight, by hamstringing his horse with a stroke of his sword.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • They were stripped, hamstrung at ankles and wrists, turned over to women in Complex.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Bleys sprang over two steps and hamstrung the man before him, casting him downward.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Stretch your hamstrings, like so.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • One of the Vances was hamstrung by Black Walder as he was wrestling with Ser Harys Haigh.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Calf, hamstring, ankle . even giants fall if you slice their feet off.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The verbeeg fighting Drizzt was down on one knee now, the drow having deftly sliced out one of its hamstrings.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • He shook the water off and bounded after the running man, hamstringing him with a single snap of his teeth, and going for the throat as the screaming man slid back down toward the water.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Then Saphira said,If he wishes to rip out your throat, then cut his hamstrings and make sure that he cannot do it again.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Hamstrings.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • Hamstrung, the old old man foundered to his knees, as did his suppliant images, his congregation of terrified selves one week, one month, two years, twenty, fifty, seventy, ninety years from now! every second, minute, and long-after-midnight hour of his possible survival into insanity, there all sank grayer, more yellow as the mirrors ricocheted him through, bled him lifeless, mouthed him dry, then threatened to whiff him to skeletal dusts and litter his moth ashes to the floor.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • I felt a tinge of pain in my hamstring and automatically bent my knee.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I’m not sure my hamstrings or my psyche could take it.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • My hamstrings would often tear, but we were not allowed to stop.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • You hit them and you think them dead, turn your back and they hamstring you.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • This was even harder for Eragon; he ended up bowed like a hunchback, with his arms hanging uselessly by his head while his hamstrings twinged and burned.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Even the hamstring pain was bearable now.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • My torn hamstrings from Teacher Gao’s exercises were continually painful and I’d injured my back during the acrobatics classes too.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Every time I did it I would feel nothing but pain in my hamstrings and I couldn’t find the right leg muscles to get me up again.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • The pain in my hamstrings increased and so did my frustration.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Not about to argue with good fortune, the elf scrambled out behind his next victim and, before its companions still in the tunnel could shout a call of warning, drove one of the knives deep into the giant’s thigh, severing the hamstring.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Shutting the door of the upstairs bathroom, she found the jar of Icy Hot in the closet, pulled down her Nuala Puma warm-up pants, twisted around to see herself in the mirror, and started rubbing the balm all over her back and hamstrings.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • They were fighting six feet from Dany’s box when the Spotted Cat hamstrung him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • His quadriceps and hamstrings fluttered, and his legs would have given way if he were free to move.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The hamstrung imbeciles of Jumieges had floated down the Seine.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Eragon lashed out with Zar’roc as the dragon’s flank flashed by, and he felt the blade sink into the creature’s hamstring before his momentum carried him past.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But by now I had a swollen right knee, a cricked neck, an injured left hamstring and the derision of my Chinese colleagues to cope with.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • I tried to remember the pain of my torn hamstrings during my Beijing Opera Movement classes back in China.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
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