charley horse

noun
char·​ley horse | \ ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce charley horse (audio) \

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 in a Sentence

had to stop and rest because of a charley horse in his leg
Recent Examples on the Web Patrick McClellan uses a 32-pill regimen each day to ease the suffering from his rare form of muscular dystrophy, which can feel like a charley horse that violently spreads across the lower half of his body. Star Tribune, 13 June 2021 Pillar crashed into the fence at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Thursday and suffered a charley horse, but remained in the game until the Giants lost 10-2. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, 2 Aug. 2019 Shortly after UConn’s 100-49 victory over South Florida Saturday night, Kia Nurse stood in the bowels of the Sun Dome and was asked if a charley horse sustained three days earlier at East Carolina was much of an issue. Mike Anthony, courant.com, 7 Jan. 2018 All of a sudden there’s a loud scream, and sobs from a shopper who got a charley horse. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, 29 Sep. 2017 This playful dance from 1972 evokes silent-movie comedy — don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-’em moments include a robbery scene and a charley horse episode, in which a dancer’s leg cramps up. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of charley horse

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charley horse

from Charley, nickname for Charles

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The first known use of charley horse was in 1886

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“Charley horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charley%20horse. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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charley horse

noun
char·​ley horse | \ ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce charley horse (audio) \

Kids Definition of charley horse

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

charley horse

noun
char·​ley horse | \ ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs How to pronounce charley horse (audio) \

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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