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pull a muscle

To overextend or strain a muscle, resulting in its injury. I think I pulled a muscle when I was pushing the car to the mechanics. Make sure you stretch and warm up before you start your run—you don't want to pull a muscle.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pull a muscle

to strain a muscle and suffer the attendant pain. I pulled a muscle in my back and can't play golf today.
See also: muscle, pull
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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