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  • I thought more of "cramp one's style."

    September 8, 2008

  • OED etymology (for what it's worth) has this to say:

    "Only known in early ME.; prob. a. MDu. or LG. kremp-en (:kramp-jan), causal of krimp-en; cf. CRAMP."

    Usage:

    "a1250 Owl & Night. 1785 ef the thincth that ich misrempe, Thu stond aein and do me crempe. Ibid. 509 A sumere chorles awedeth, And vorcrempeth, and vorbredeth."

    September 8, 2008

  • Related perhaps to "put a crimp in?"

    September 8, 2008

  • (Obsolete) To contract, restrain.

    September 8, 2008