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Definition of 'cramp'


  1. a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
       Synonyms: spasm muscle spasm
  2. a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
  3. a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
       Synonyms: cramp iron


  1. secure with a cramp; "cramp the wood"
  2. prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
       Synonyms: hamper halter strangle

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