charley horse


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charley horse

A painful muscle spasm that most commonly occurs in the legs. Spending all day on my feet caused a charley horse in my leg that was so painful, I had to sit down for a while and rest.
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*charley horse

a painful, persistent cramp in the arm or leg, usually from strain. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Don't hike too far or you'll get a charley horse.
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charley horse

Cramp or stiffness in a muscle, most often in the thigh, as in After working in the garden I frequently get a bad charley horse. First used in the 1880s among baseball players, the term was soon extended to more general use. Its true origin is disputed. Among the more likely theories proposed is that it alludes to the name of either a horse or an afflicted ball player who limped like one of the elderly draft horses formerly employed to drag the infield.
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Dafoe was concerned that the charley horse he suffered in a morning practice before Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes might stiffen up, but he felt no side effects Wednesday.
Ryan Del Monte, recovering from a charley horse, did not play but is not expected to miss a lot of time.
Five minutes later, backup Byron Dafoe suffered a charley horse in his right thigh when forward Ray Ferraro tumbled into him after being pushed by defenseman Sean O'Donnell.
Stevens suffered a charley horse when Detroit defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov checked him during the second period.
Dan DaSilva was back in the lineup after suffering a charley horse last Sunday.
Kings defenseman John Slaney, who suffered a charley horse against the Blackhawks, won't play tonight and is 50-50 for Saturday's game against San Jose.
Dan DaSilva suffered a charley horse in a collision during the second period and didn't return.
Slaney suffered a charley horse to his left leg, the Kings said.
19 with ankle and charley horse problems, the Bruins have piled up a total of 106 man-games lost to injury since mid-November - the majority of their season total of 138.
Spasticity manifests as stiffness, charley horses, or abnormal posturing of a limb, foot, or hand.