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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

v.
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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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.
A judge said package holiday giants JMC were in breach of contract after a British holidaymaker complained his seat was cramped and uncomfortable during a flight to Canada.
DVT - also known as economy class syndrome because of suspected links to cramped conditions in cheaper seats - is believed to kill about 1000 UK travellers a year.
With 88 employees and counting, conditions were so cramped at the old place that Greer had to share a 10-foot by 10-foot office with both Mayer and Nelson.
But seeing the influx of students coming in, new enrollments, and seeing some classrooms over the limit here, it's not fair for teachers or students to feel it's cramped,'' said Patty Montoya, a Mariposa parent who works as a substitute duty aide.
Stretch the cramped muscle and gently rub it to help it relax.
If you get a muscle cramp while exercising, one strategy is to stop your activity and hold the cramped muscle in a gently stretched position until the cramp resolves.
He recently flew all three VLJ models in production and found them cramped but easy to fly.
Lean into the wall, keeping your cramped leg straight, heel flat on the floor and hold for 30 seconds.
Call me cruisephobic, but I pictured cramped staterooms, lousy food, and cranky strangers swaying together on the high seas.
RESEDA - After working for years in cramped offices, temporary trailers, and even closets and shower rooms, LAPD officers are rejoicing in the 55,000-square-foot West Valley station dedicated Thursday.
Officer Dino Campodonico, who's worked 13 years at West Valley, compared the cramped quarters with the new modern high-tech building with enthusiasm.
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.
A split second burst of aggressive driving in a cramped construction area just isn't worth the often-tragic consequences.