Hamstrung
Hamstring Ham"string`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hamstrung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hamstringing}. See {String}.] To lame or disable by cutting the tendons of the ham or knee; to hough; hence, to cripple; to incapacitate; to disable. [1913 Webster]

So have they hamstrung the valor of the subject by seeking to effeminate us all at home. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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