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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 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!
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writer's cramp

A cramp in one's hand that arises from gripping a pen or pencil too tightly or for too long at a time. I started getting writer's cramp about two hours into the exam. She was taking notes so fastidiously during class that I worried she'd end up with writer's cramp.
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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 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 someone's style

If someone or something cramps your style, they prevent you from behaving freely in the way that you want. You two relax and celebrate on your own. You don't want us oldies cramping your style. Like more and more women with good jobs, independent spirits and high standards, she believes marriage would cramp her style.
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cramp someone's style

prevent a person from acting freely or naturally. informal
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cramp somebody’s ˈstyle

prevent somebody from doing something freely, or living as they want: She thinks that being seen with her parents cramps her style.Are you sure you don’t mind me coming along? I’d hate to cramp your style!
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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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cramp someone's style, to

To restrict someone’s natural actions; to prevent someone from doing his or her best. This seemingly up-to-date locution was first used by Charles Lamb in 1819. He was alluding to writer’s cramp, which constricted the natural flow of one’s pen. Figuratively the term came into use in the early twentieth century. W. Somerset Maugham used it in his early spy novel, Ashenden or: The British Agent (1927): “I can’t help thinking it would cramp your style.”
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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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"It's somehow become more predictable and consistent, but my flow has increased and my cramps sometimes become too painful," she says.
Stretching exercises; quinine tablets if your cramps are very bad and exercise hasn't helped.
Quick relief for muscle cramps, spasms and soreness.
5. Drink plenty of water or consume vitamin drinks such as Gatorade that help ease leg cramps.
Electrical stimulation cramp threshold frequency correlates well with the occurrence of skeletal muscle cramps.
They can occur for no apparent reason and are known as idiopathic leg cramps.
It is worth recalling that salt deficiency may result in cramp of the muscles, as is well exemplified by the strenuous manual worker who spends much of his day at high temperatures and sweats away his salt, with the consequence that he suffers from muscle cramp.
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Significant and serious dehydration does not affect skeletal muscle cramp threshold frequency.
5)To prevent cramps drink plenty of liquids every day.
"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.
Immediate effect of shakuyaku-kanzo-to on muscle cramp in hemodialysis patients.
To avoid cramp, try a few stretching exercises before playing sport or going to bed.
Drogba has now scored five goals and was unplayable against Spurs and while the Italian is hoping the injury is nothing more than cramp, he believes they have enough in reserve to cope without him.