charley horse

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noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs\

Definition of charley horse

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

Examples of charley horse in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of charley horse

from Charley, nickname for Charles


First Known Use: 1888


CHARLEY HORSE Defined for English Language Learners

charley horse

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noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs\

Definition of charley horse for English Language Learners

  • : a painful cramp in the front of the thigh


CHARLEY HORSE Defined for Kids

charley horse

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noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs\

Definition of charley horse for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

charley horse

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noun char·ley horse \ˈchär-lē-ˌhȯrs\

Medical Definition of charley horse

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



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