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splitting headache

A very intense, painful headache, i.e., one that makes one's head feel as though it is splitting apart. We were up all night drinking cheap wine, and I woke up the next morning with a splitting headache. I've had this splitting headache for nearly four hours, and nothing I do seems to help.
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splitting headache

Fig. a severe headache, as if one's head were splitting open. I'm sorry, I can't. I have a splitting headache. Maybe Fred will play bridge with you. This splitting headache has been going on for hours.
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1. n. an annoying person or thing. Cars can be such a headache.
2. n. liquor. Pour me some more of that headache, will you?

headache department

1. n. a central source of unnecessary problems; a person who habitually causes problems. Here’s another memo from the headache department.
2. and headache house n. a liquor store or department. I stopped in at the headache house for some supplies.
See also: department, headache

headache house

See also: headache, house

headache man

n. a male law enforcement agent. The headache man was here to see you, Ernie.
See also: headache, man
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Think about your fluid intake and if you feel tired and headachy, perhaps the solution is as clear as water.
If you often wake up tired and headachy, tend to chew out your co-workers before lunch, and are totally exhausted by mid-afternoon, you might have insomnia, or some other sleep disorder.
You miss your son's soccer game, and you arrive home tired, headachy and smelling of cigar smoke.
Before, he had been "a miserable headachy little boy," afterwards he was in a nearly continuous bloom of health until 1911.
A meal of carbs--especially those derived from sugar and refined flour--is followed by a surge of blood sugar, then, as insulin is released in response, a sudden collapse, leaving you often light-headed, cranky, headachy, and certainly hungrier than before you ate.
Although you won't be running any races right away, the miserable headachy, nauseating fog suffered in the past by nearly all surgical patients is much less with the better drugs available now.
If you're feeling tired or headachy all the time, you may have diabetes and not know it.
Such are the headachy ideas that wandering among lit/crit texts can give
She knew when she fell in love with him that she would be in love forever, just as she knew when she woke up in the back seat the next morning, cramped and headachy, and looked at Dion sleeping with his mouth open that she was no longer in love with him and never would be.
Matsumura indicated that lower-than-normal blood flow contributes to fainting and heart attacks, as well as making passengers feel headachy, cold or tired Reuters reported.
Even though he was feeling a bit headachy, as soon as he saw the gender-free, O'Wally burst out laughing.
Suddenly in your headachy fantasy you were willing to see a `true' self (perhaps even the peculiar fate of our civilization) brilliantly appear.
But they left Maria, grim faced and probably headachy, to her work.
In an instant, the market goes from heady surplus to headachy shortage.