charley horse

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The term may date back to American slang of the 1880s, possibly from the pitcher Charlie "Old Hoss" Radbourn who is said to have suffered from cramps.

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charley horse (plural charley horses)

  1. (idiomatic) A muscle cramp, usually in the thigh or leg.

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