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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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Muscle-related problem such as over-stretched or pulled muscles are the most common problems observed among recreational players.
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The trainer said: ''He's pulled muscles in his hind quarters and is quite stiff and sore."
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Almost every runner develops joint pains, pulled muscles or perhaps even fractures.
"The compacted trash weighs a ton sometimes and pushing and pulling puts our employees at risk for hernias, pulled muscles and slipping and falling," says John Russo, Director of Operations for Trinity.
Don't stoop or twist and you'll avoid unnecessary pulled muscles," the Daily Express quoted Dr Ian Drysdale, BCOM principal, as saying.
THE recent good weather will have seen many people venturing out into their garden for the first time this year and it is no coincidence that GPs will see an increase in back problems and pulled muscles.
Equissage can also be used to treat specific problems such as stiff or sore backs, tendon and ligament problems, pulled muscles and thick wind.
The eight-year-old was not far off the best among the staying novice hurdlers and connections planned to send him over fences this season until he pulled muscles in his back while schooling in November.
Light stretches and a short, brisk walk to warm up will help prevent pulled muscles.
By early spring, they're arriving en masse, with pulled muscles, aching knees, and shin splints.
I have had to work with bruises, cut elbows and pulled muscles in places I have never had pain before!