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Jul 22, 2004
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Animal terms

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running dog
Kilkenny cats
stool pigeon
charley horse
guinea pig

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charley horse

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charley horse (CHAR-lee hors) noun

Cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially in the leg, typically caused by overstrain or injury.

[Originally baseball slang, of unknown origin.]

"I swam a ton of laps Tuesday, but was forced to stop after I received a charley horse in my calf."
Alisha A. Pina; Work Pays Off, Just Not on Scale; The Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Jun 27, 2004.

"Coyotes winger Shane Doan has missed two games with a charley horse."
NHL Notebook; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Mar 16, 2004.

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