Slang definitions & phrases for cramp someone's style
cramp someone's style
To be a hindrance or distraction: Your blank stare cramps my style
[1917+; Charles Lamb had written ''cramps the flow of the style'' as early as 1819]
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with cramp someone's style
Restrict or prevent someone from free action or expression, as in It really cramps my style when Mom hovers around me while I'm making dinner. Although in 1819 Charles Lamb complained that using different inks cramped his style of writing, the present sense of this colloquial term dates only from the early 1900s.