Consumers, hamstrung by low confidence and a weak recovery, are reluctant to spend and borrow.
hamstrung by the lower standards of the boom years, it reported that it was still coping with the overhang of the bubble.
But Netanyahu may be hamstrung by a lack of international support, reports Dan Ephron.
hamstrung and weakened, labor would be in poor position to fight Brown as it did Davis and Schwarzenegger.
For many minutes the bull stood motionless, his hamstrung quarter sinking lower and lower.
Had he been less heavily muscled, this attack might have hamstrung him.
Getting up close behind the still fighting wild deer, with one stroke of their weapons they hamstrung the brave creatures.
Wasn't it going to be nice to live in a world without punctured eardrums and hamstrung nerves?
I struggled to rise, but I could only flounder like a hamstrung horse.
On the night of our arrival at Hardin, a fine saddle horse had been hamstrung in his owner's stable by wolves.
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.