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charley horse

noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhrs\

: a painful cramp in the front of the thigh

Full Definition of CHARLEY HORSE

:  a muscular pain, cramping, or stiffness especially of the quadriceps that results from a strain or bruise
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Examples of CHARLEY HORSE

  1. <had to stop and rest because of a charley horse in his leg>

Origin of CHARLEY HORSE

from Charley, nickname for Charles
First Known Use: 1888

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CHARLEY HORSE Defined for Kids

charley horse

noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhrs\

Definition of CHARLEY HORSE for Kids

:  a painful cramp in a muscle (as of the leg)
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charley horse

noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhrs\

Medical Definition of CHARLEY HORSE

:  a muscular pain, cramping, or stiffness especially of the quadriceps that results from a strain or bruise

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