cramp (one's) style

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cramp, style
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

cramp someone's style

prevent a person from acting freely or naturally. informal
See also: cramp, style
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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!
See also: cramp, style
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

cramp (one's) style

To restrict or prevent from free action or expression.
See also: cramp, style
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Butterfly Twists, the UK-based brand designed for girls on-the-go, brings you cool and comfortable footwear that won't cramp your style. Whether you want to party after a long day at work, go on a spontaneous road trip, or continue sightseeing/shopping in that glorious new destination, Butterfly Twists' compact, foldable attribute makes it fuss-free for women to bring anywhere (fits snugly in your purse for shoe emergencies), plus it features memory foam and breathable fabric so it's comfy enough to wear all day--and night!
Sharing a cramped room can, well, cramp your style. Especially when you know little ones will be bouncing on your bed ready to play.
Friends want to get in on your act and may become insufferably close and cramp your style. Be forgiving.
This fits the bill by ramraiding All The People's classic Cramp Your Style for both lyrical conceit and its breakbeat backing track.
What's more, when you're a fabulous girl about town, hobbling old men don't half cramp your style. The other day I arranged a night out with the boys.
Fleece is the comfort factor when the temperatures plummet and light as a feather they don't swamp or cramp your style.
Does defense-industry downsizing cramp your style? Tired of traffic gridlock?
It may crease, but it definitely won't cramp your style.
The light clutch and slick, if slightly clunky, gearbox make it a breeze to ride in town and won't cramp your style on longer journeys.