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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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Injury update: Kip Brennan remained in Los Angeles to get treatment for a charley horse in his leg.
Our fitness expert Kay Mikesky explains that a charley horse refers to a muscle cramp or spasm in the lower leg.
No one really knows why a leg cramp is called a charley horse.
My wound) felt like a charley horse - a blow to your arm.
Stumpel, who has missed 13 games with assorted injuries, stayed down for several minutes but returned for the last two periods despite a charley horse to his left knee.
Injury update: Defenseman Jaroslav Modry suffered a charley horse to the right thigh in the second period when the Ducks' Jeff Nielsen ran into him.
Jyrki Lumme, who missed three games with a Charley horse, returned Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Right wing Kai Nurminen limped off the ice during practice Monday with a charley horse.
He's got a charley horse and we don't know exactly when he'll be back,'' team spokesman Jean Martineau said Sunday night.
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.
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.
Slaney suffered a charley horse to his left leg, the Kings said.