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.
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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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The best way to get rid of a charley horse is to gently stand up and stretch the calf by placing the cramped leg behind you with the heel on the floor and toes pointing forward.
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.
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.
Jyrki Lumme, who missed three games with a Charley horse, returned Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Moore missed the game with a head injury, while Del Monte is recovering from a charley horse.
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.
Dafoe was concerned that the charley horse he suffered in a morning practice before Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes might stiffen up, but he felt no side effects Wednesday.
Ryan Del Monte, recovering from a charley horse, did not play but is not expected to miss a lot of time.
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.