charley horse


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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.
See also: charley, horse

*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.
See also: charley, horse

charley horse

An intensely painful sustained muscle spasm or cramp in the leg, most often the calf. Originally used from the late 1800s on in baseball, where it resulted from excessive strain, the term was later applied not only to sports injuries but other kinds of cramp. The origin of the name is not known, but probably it was first used by or for a player who limped like an old horse, Charley being the name of either the player or the horse. It has become a cliché.
See also: charley, horse
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No one really knows why a leg cramp is called a charley horse. Some people think that the phrase originated around 1886 when a baseball player named Charley Hoss had a leg cramp as he ran around the bases to score a home run.
Defenseman Andrew Blazek was Worcester's lone healthy scratch with Taylor Doherty (hand), Petter Emanuelsson (shoulder) and Eriah Hayes (charley horse) on the injured list.
Hayes suffered a charley horse as a result and had to helped off the ice in obvious pain.
Matt Tennyson has been recalled to San Jose and Rob Davison, who missed the last two games with a charley horse, returned to action and took Tennyson's spot in the defensive rotation.
He said after the game the knee hurt, but it might be more of a charley horse than anything, and he hopes to be able to play this afternoon in Providence.
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff described the injury as a charley horse and said Sekera would miss "a little bit of time." ...
Donahue scored all 13 of his points in the first half before going to the bench with a charley horse in his leg two minutes before the break.
My quad's got a charley horse but that's about it."
Mike Moore (concussion), Ben Guite (broken foot) and Ryan Del Monte (charley horse) are on the injured list while rookie forwards Nathan Moon and Brodie Reid were scratched.
Moore missed the game with a head injury, while Del Monte is recovering from a charley horse. Frazer McLaren is down from San Jose on a conditioning assignment, so that has limited Bonneau's playing time.