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a crick in (one's) back
A sudden pain or stiffness in one's back, as from a cramp or spasm. Dad got a crick is his back while trying to move that big box. No, I'm not going to the gym today, I've got a crick in my back for some reason. You must have slept in a funny position if you woke up with a crick in your back.
a crick in (one's) neck
A sudden pain or stiffness in one's neck, as from a cramp or spasm. I got a crick in my neck when I whipped my head around to see what was running through our yard. After having to keep my head still for so long, I started to get a crick in my neck. You must have slept in a funny position if you woke up with a crick in your neck.
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crick in one's back
a twisted or cramped place in the back that causes pain. I can't move! I've got a crick in my back! I had a crick in my back all night and I couldn't sleep.
crick in one's neck
Fig. a twisted place or a cramp in the neck that causes pain. I got a crick in my neck from sleeping in a draft. When I read on the plane, I get a crick in my neck.
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