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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Partly from CRAMP1; partly from cramp 'tool for holding things together' (14-21 centuries), from Low German krampe 'hook'

cramp

2 verb
     
cramp2
1 [transitive] to prevent the development of someone or something [= hinder, restrict]:
Stricter anti-pollution laws may cramp economic growth.
2

cramp somebody's style

informal to prevent someone from behaving in the way they want to:
Paul said he didn't want Sarah to come along because she cramps his style.
3 [intransitive and transitive] also cramp up to get or cause cramp in a muscle:
He cramped in the last 200 metres of the race.
Sitting still for so long had cramped her muscles.

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