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It is sometimes the custom when fast to a whale more than commonly powerful and alert, to seek to hamstring him, as it were, by sundering or maiming his gigantic tail-tendon.
Not a step further," said the man, who appeared to be the captain, "or I will hamstring your horses.
Would it not be safer to hamstring the bull before he comes on?
When the bullock has been dragged to the spot where it is to be slaughtered, the matador with great caution cuts the hamstrings.