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From Inquiry launched into Stock Exchange computer meltdown as furious traders resume work | Mail Online
In the text below, what do the word in bold mean?
The blockbuster rises were a relief after weeks of torrid economic news and sliding values.
Stock markets in Asia and elsewhere in Europe saw euphoric scenes throughout the day as traders hailed the rescue.
But in Britain investors were pinned to the sidelines.
Another example of a metaphor taken from sport. The hamstrung (=incapacitated) stockrokers were 'behind the eight ball' (pool), 'snookered' (snooker), 'stymied' (golf) ...