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blinding headache

A very intense, painful headache, usually accompanied by visual symptoms, such as blind spots. We were up all night drinking cheap wine, and I woke up the next morning with a blinding headache. I used to get awful blinding headaches fairly often, but this new migraine medication has been helpful.
See also: blind, headache


Someone or something that is annoying or frustrating. This filing project is such a headache—I can't find a darn thing I'm looking for!

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. n. an annoying person or thing. Cars can be such a headache.
2. n. liquor. Pour me some more of that headache, will you?

headache department

1. n. a central source of unnecessary problems; a person who habitually causes problems. Here’s another memo from the headache department.
2. and headache house n. a liquor store or department. I stopped in at the headache house for some supplies.
See also: department, headache

headache house

See also: headache, house

headache man

n. a male law enforcement agent. The headache man was here to see you, Ernie.
See also: headache, man
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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