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sprain (one's) ankle

1. Literally, to injure ligaments in one's ankle by wrenching or suddenly twisting them. At first I thought I had only sprained my ankle, but it turns out I actually broke a few bones when I fell like that.
2. obsolete euphemism To be or become pregnant. I heard the poor lass was taken in by a rake and ended up spraining her ankle.
See also: ankle, sprain

sprain one's ankle

to become pregnant. She has, ah, sprained her ankle. From the looks of her, she must have sprained her ankle some months ago.
See also: ankle, sprain

sprain one’s ankle

tv. to become pregnant. From the looks of her, she must have sprained her ankle some months ago.
See also: ankle, sprain
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The 51-year-old was walking down a path to wash a pot with former football manager Harry Redknappwhen he sprained his left ankle.
After a sprained ankle is treated, a small percentage of patients may still experience pain and instability.
All of my favourite hymns are admissions of faults, and finding redemption even in those." When Baker initially released the songs from 'Sprained Ankle' online in 2014, she was a student at Middle Tennessee State University, writing music she only expected a few friends to hear.
He was replaced by Rhys Priestland, whose goalkicking helped haul Wales back into the contest from 13-0 adrift, with head coach Warren Gatland confirming afterwards that Biggar had suffered a sprained ankle.
"I had never broken anything before so I thought I had just sprained my wrist.
"Robin van Persie has a sprained knee which will keep him out for around four to six weeks," United said on their website.
The reliability of this clinical grading system for the sprained ankle has been previously approved [2].
Q: I'm training for the Great North Run and I've sprained my ankle.
USA: United States striker Jozy Altidore has been hospitalised with a sprained ankle, according to reports in America.
The ligaments around the ankle and wrists are the ones most commonly sprained usually from falling, twisting or getting hit.
MICHAEL BALLACK has been ruled out of Germany's friendly against the Ivory Coast tomorrow with a sprained knee.
Trainer Jim Daly said yesterday: "He had a bit of a pulled shoulder in addition to the sprained hock, but they weren't serious.
RESEARCHERS at a city university hope their new study will help to change the way hospitals treat severely sprained ankles.