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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?
See also: cramp, style

cramp up

1. To begin to experience muscle cramps. Whoa, I need to rest for a minute—my leg is cramping up.
2. To cause one to begin to experience muscle cramps. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cramp" and up." I need to get some water—dehydration is starting to cramp me up.
3. To squeeze or force someone or something into an overly small space. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "cramp" and up." Every time you try to cramp up more stuff in this closet, it all comes crashing down on me the next time I open it. Don't leave the dog cramped up in his cage all day!
See also: cramp, up

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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More than two years ago, when a different firm owned the hospital, officials said they would prefer to build an entirely new hospital on larger grounds, preferably near the Antelope Valley Freeway, than go to expense of refitting the present cramped facility.
The best way to get rid of a charley horse is to gently stand up and stretch the calf by placing the cramped leg behind you with the heel on the floor and toes pointing forward.
We all know the symptoms: a dry throat, sore eyes, stiff back, cramped muscles, throbbing head.
He cramped up during a drill when USC coach Pete Carroll told the team to head to the sideline if they heard sirens go off.
Changing Mariposa School's schedule with the school year starting next July will help ease cramped campus conditions and alleviate overcrowding in other eastside schools, primarily at Linda Verde School.
There were no signs of any blister Thursday, but Valdes was removed after seven innings and only 88 pitches because his right hamstring cramped up.