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  • “The lad’s got a hamstring.” Maybe it has something to do with the fact that hamstrings are almost invariably mentioned in the context of hamstring injuries. In sporting contexts anyway. So for efficiency’s sake, it’s a natural metonymy. Amusing, too, as you say!

  • I’ve had a look at the BNC using Sketch Engine (http://www.sketchengine.co.uk/) and the most frequent modifiers are indeed to do with injury as Stan says: pulled, busted, torn, damaged, sore, injured, troublesome. And what can a lad do to his hamstring (i.e. object_of)? The list shows a similar pattern: strain, nurse, stretch, pull, clutch, damage, tear, sustain, test, cut . My favourite must be nurse 🙂