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 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, "Giants cut Tyler Austin, promote Steven Duggar ahead of series at Coors Field," 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, "Kia Nurse Toughs Out A Dominant Defensive Performance," 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, "Seven Days on the Oprah Cruise," 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, "Twyla Tharp’s Back Pages, With Chapters to Come," 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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Cite this Entry

“Charley horse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charley%20horses. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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charley horse

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How to pronounce charley horse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of charley horse

US : a painful cramp in the front of the thigh

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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