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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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The day after that match I had charley horses in every part of my body necessary to a handball player, clear evidence that I was not in any kind of real handball shape.
Spasticity manifests as stiffness, charley horses, or abnormal posturing of a limb, foot, or hand.
Q I've suffered from Charley horses (nighttime leg cramps) for years.
Her muscles often are tight like charley horses, and for all intents she must live in a wheelchair.
I've had charley horses before and they stiffen up in the day and you can't bend your leg at night,'' Dafoe said.
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.