Charley


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good-time Charlie

An affable, lively, and entertaining man who is often or always seeking pleasure or a good time. I was something of a good-time Charlie back in college, always ready to party. I had a lot of friends and a great time, but I didn't get very good grades as a result.
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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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good-time Charlie

Affable, convivial fellow, as in Joe was a typical good-time Charlie, always ready for a party. [Colloquial; 1920s]
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Charley

n. the Viet Cong in Vietnam. (Military. From Victor Charley, which is from VC.) How come Charley never gets bit to death by those snakes?

good-time Charley

n. a man who is always trying to have a good experience; an optimist. Willy is such a good-time Charley. Who would believe the trouble he’s had?
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good-time Charlie

An easygoing and sociable guy. Popular in the 1920s, the phrase described a man who was always ready to have fun, although it sometimes meant someone who was your pal only during good times and who would desert you in your hour of need.
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References in classic literature ?
There's no getting around it," Charley said one morning.
Change places," Charley commanded, "and steer just astern of him as though you're going into the shipyard.
I took the tiller, and Charley sat down on a thwart amidships, placing his revolver handily beside him.
Keep going," Charley whispered, "just as though you didn't hear him.
In the meantime, the noble behavior of "Old Charley Goodfellow, had doubly endeared him to the honest citizens of the borough.
Old Charley," who was pretty much intoxicated, and excessively red in the face, now took a seat, with an air of mock dignity, at the head of the board, and thumped furiously upon it with a decanter, calling upon the company to keep order "during the ceremony of disinterring the treasure.
Sitka Charley has come in with two thousand letters on very last water.
And I say, 'Sitka Charley is no pick-and-shovel man.
We limp into Circle City, and even I, Sitka Charley, am tired.
Also, they say that we can get grub at Charley McKeon's cabin.
She drummed with her hand and waited, while Binu Charley gazed wearily at her with unblinking eyes.
These were, the great advantages of the trade, the proficiency of the Dodger, the amiability of Charley Bates, and the liberality of the Jew himself.
And either in this glimpse of the great pleasure of his life or in gratitude and love for Charley, who was all in all to him, he laid his face among the scanty folds of her frock and passed from laughing into crying.
We kissed Charley, and took her downstairs with us, and stopped outside the house to see her run away to her work.
I have nothing more to say, Charley dear, except, be good, and get learning, and only think of some things in the old life here, as if you had dreamed them in a dream last night.