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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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Some coaches have used super-salty sources like pickle juice, mustard and even antacids as quick, on-field "fixes" for sodium-related muscle cramping.
Certain prescription drugs or medical conditions such as diabetes, dialysis or cancer treatments can cause muscle achiness, chronic cramping or night-time spasms.
Anecdotally, I have occasionally experienced cramping in these areas in triathlons, even as I exit the water and start the bike.
It's the combination of muscle fatigue, dehydration, and salt loss that causes whole-body cramping in football players.
Zinc deficiency can also cause cramping, as can insufficient water.
Heat stroke can bring severe cramping, dizziness, nausea, hallucinations which can quickly progress to unconsciousness and seizures, he said.
Cramp911 relieves pain resulting from athletic activity, night-time cramping, neck and back spasms, statin or other prescription-induced cramps, dehydration or even cramping associated with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.
The fact that your wife can continue walking without a problem when she starts cramping leads me to believe that fatigue may be the more significant factor.
AN occasional cramping pain in the leg muscles can point to peripheral vascular disease - a serious condition that mostly affects smokers.
Cramp911 relieves pain resulting from athletic activity, nighttime cramping, neck and back spasms, statin or other prescription-induced cramps, dehydration or even cramping associated with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia.
Despite what I believe has been adequate training, hydration and sodium intake I still get severe cramping during my races.
One study of heat cramping tennis players found 15 grams of salt loss in one hour.
Cramping is most common in adults, although it also affects children.
I've experienced cramping in my right calf for years when I get to mile 12 of a long run or halfmarathon.