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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
From ham (the back of the knee) + string (tendon). Earliest documented use: 1565.
In the past, literal hamstringing -- cutting someone’s hamstring -- was done to humans (such as prisoners and runaway slaves) and to animals (horses of the enemy, bull in a bullfighting ring).
“Why hamstring your own side with needless restrictions?”
Publish and Perish?; The Economist (London, UK); May 3, 2003.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, "Mother, what was war?" -Eve Merriam, poet and writer (19 Jul 1916-1992)