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sore throat

noun, Pathology
a painful or sensitive condition of the throat exaggerated by swallowing or talking, usually caused by bacteria or viruses; laryngitis; pharyngitis; tonsillitis.
Origin of sore throat
1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Allardyce was having tea with Drummond, who had been stopping in with a sore throat.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • If you've got sore throat there ain't nothin' better'n 'Arabian Balsam.'

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Johnny, her little companion in naughtiness, escaped without so much as a sore throat; but he suffered in another way.

  • Sometimes the throat is affected, and the patient complains of sore throat.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • It was on the second afternoon of headache and sore throat that Mrs. Randolph came to the rescue.

    The Girl from Arizona Nina Rhoades
  • If I have a sore throat, it would be useless to blister you for it: that is his idea.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • My sore throat is not quite well and I intend stopping here a few days.

  • She would as lief have the sore throat all the time, if she might only be alive.

  • He had had a sore throat, and now he couldn't swallow; felt suffocated.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
sore throat in Medicine

sore throat n.
Any of various inflammations of the tonsils, pharynx, or larynx characterized by pain in swallowing.

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