splitting headache

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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.
See also: headache, splitting

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.
See also: headache, splitting
References in classic literature ?
"You'll have a splitting headache tomorrow, if you drink much of that.
To add to my wretchedness a splitting headache was coming on, and I was only too glad to close my eyes and try to sleep.
You've got flashing lights and a splitting headache over one eye.
Addition of nausea and blind spots to a splitting headache attribute to migraines.
DIANA, Princess of Wales was left with a splitting headache on her wedding day because she was not used to wearing a tiara, her brother Earl Spencer has revealed.
The star must be suffering a splitting headache after being slagged for his role as peroxide blond Alexander in Oliver Stone's new movie.