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Once Keith felt I had this down, I did sets of hamstring extenders interspersed with sets of squats.
Following this, at the other end of the gym, Keith handed me a pole for hamstring extensions.
What madness, then, for the ex-speaker to hamstring himself by pledging not to go negative.
They tried to hamstring the horses, They fired their rifles, pressing the muzzles into the very bodies of their opponents.
They rushed on the count and his lances, and began to hamstring the horses.
On the second day of their mutiny the poor animal was seen to halt; a hamstring was cut.
He could not reach the hamstring, as his horse could not gain the proper position.
hamstring their horses, and burn their chariots with fire, etc..
1640s, "to disable, render useless," a figurative verbal extension from the noun hamstring "tendon at the back of the knee" (1560s), from ham "bend of the knee" (see ham (n.1)) + string. Cutting this would render a person or animal lame. Related: Hamstrung.
[I]n hamstring, -string is not the verb string; we do not string the ham, but do something to the tendon called the hamstring; the verb, that is, is made not from the two words ham & string, but from the noun hamstring. It must therefore make hamstringed. [Fowler]
hamstring ham·string (hām'strĭng')
Any of the tendons at the rear hollow of the human knee.
hamstrings The hamstring muscle.
The large tendon in the back of the hind tarsal joint of the quadruped.