charley-horse

charley horse

[chahr-lee]
noun
a painful, involuntary cramp of an arm or leg muscle resulting from excessive muscular strain or a blow.

Origin:
1885–90; orig. baseball slang

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charley horse (ˈtʃɑːlɪ)
 
n
informal (US), (Canadian) muscle stiffness or cramp following strenuous athletic exercise
 
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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charley horse
baseball players' slang, 1888, origin obscure, probably from somebody's long-forgotten lame racehorse.
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charley horse char·ley horse (chär'lē hôrs')
n.
Localized pain or stiffness in a muscle following excessive muscular exertion or the contusion of a muscle.

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