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They rushed on the count and his lances, and began to hamstring the horses.

He could not reach the hamstring, as his horse could not gain the proper position.

Would it not be safer to hamstring the bull before he comes on?

The boy then sprang forward, and raised a knife as if to hamstring the pony.

Hamstring their horses, and burn their chariots with fire, etc..

Send against the Phrygian cavalry the German bands, who must hamstring the horses with their long swords.

The wolves were running with it, perhaps had been chasing it all night, and were snapping it its heels, trying to hamstring it.

Hamstring, ham′string, n. the great tendon at the back of the knee or hock of the hind-leg of a quadruped.

I suppose they feared that some of us might crawl out and hamstring them did they picket them near their camp.

For a second offence the penalty was to hamstring the fugitive and brand him on the other shoulder.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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