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brain cramp

A momentary mental lapse in attention, memory, understanding, care, or competence. Sorry boss, I just had a little brain cramp there. What were you saying again? Jack, having a bit of a brain cramp, accidentally sawed the beam completely in two.
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cramp (one's) style

To inhibit or interfere with what one wants to do. Ugh, having a test on Monday is really cramping my style. I just want to party all weekend! My parents coming to stay with me this weekend is totally going to cramp my style. When am I supposed to get anything done?
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cramp someone's style

Fig. to limit someone in some way. I hope this doesn't cramp your style, but could you please not hum while you work? To ask Bob to keep regular hours would really be cramping his style.
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cramp somebody's style

to prevent someone from doing something freely, esp. something they enjoy Bringing her mother along on the trip would definitely cramp her style.
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cramp somebody's style

to prevent someone from enjoying themselves as much as they would like, especially by going somewhere with them Are you sure you don't mind your old mother coming along with you? I'd hate to cramp your style.
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cramp someone's style

Restrict or prevent someone from free action or expression, as in It really cramps my style when Mom hovers around me while I'm making dinner. Although in 1819 Charles Lamb complained that using different inks cramped his style of writing, the present sense of this colloquial term dates only from the early 1900s.
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cramp up

1. To suffer muscle cramps: I cramped up while swimming today.
2. To cause someone or something to suffer muscle cramps: That lousy meal cramped me up.
3. To squeeze something tightly into a restrictive space or position: There are too many subjects cramped up together under the same heading. I was cramped up in the back seat of a compact car for hours.
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cramp (one's) style

To restrict or prevent from free action or expression.
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writer's cramp

A painful spasm in the hand that restricts the ability to use a pen or pencil. Back in the Paleozoic Era when people wrote by hand instead of typewriters and then computers (you youngsters can ask your parents or grandparents if you don't believe me), excessive use of a pen or pencil would cause a person's hand to tense up or go into a spasm that made further writing painful or impossible or both. The condition wasn't called “repetitive stress syndrome” back then. It was “writer's cramp,” and that was no excuse for the schoolroom punishment of being made to write “I will not talk in class” one hundred times on the blackboard.
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2)As you get older the risk of muscle cramps increases.
I first met Elizabeth Cramp about 20 years ago when we were both involved with The Friends of the Graham Sutherland Gallery in Picton, and I was struck with her wit and impressed that she was always so dedicated to art," she says.
There are quite a number of conditions associated with secondary leg cramps and these include things such as pregnancy - extra weight being carried placing a strain on the legs - infections or toxins in the body that can cause muscle spasms, certain neurological conditions which can cause nerve damage and lessen muscle control and also dehydration - if you're not getting enough fluids, salt levels in the body will drop and this has been seen to cause cramp.
Discuss non-pharmacologic interventions to treat leg cramps.
We may never know why soap may help relieve muscle cramps.
Nosweithiau'n mynd heibio, a dim cramp, ond un noson daeth yr aflwydd yn ol.
Then take your right hand and rub the sore area to try to help release the cramp or spasm.
Cramps are caused by dehydration and a lack of salt in your blood - a consequence of too much alcohol.
We are very happy to be able to provide yet another successful TV-Loonland production, The Cramp Twins II, in our lineup," said Susanne Schosser, programming director of Super RTL.
Steven Kenna, 23, pleaded guilty at Liverpool crown court to unlawfully wounding Gary Cramp.
If you feel a cramp coming on, listen to your body.
It is suggested here that diaphragmatic cramp may be a cause of some undiagnosed noncardiac chest pains associated with mandibular referred pain.
It sounds like you are getting a cramp in your calf muscles.
Sometimes the muscle twitches for a few seconds just before the cramp begins and after it is over.