from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ache or pain in the back, especially the lower back.

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  • n. any pain or ache in the back

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an ache localized in the back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any dull or continuous pain in the back.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ache localized in the back


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back +‎ ache


  • I longed to comfort her, to tell them all that I was not at all hurt, that I had no pain whatever, -- even the backache, which is my almost daily companion, having left me since the fall, -- yet the terrible languor which controlled me seemed almost too great to be overcome.

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  • Back massage: This massage is helpful in case of various ailments such as backache, afflictions of muscles and it provides a good means for stimulating the back muscles.

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  • A gentle massage can often provide relief from problems such as backache, sleeplessness, edema, headaches and tension.

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  • It's a job that's known to produce health problems such as backache, hearing damage and sore eyes, while the bacteria can cause asthma and pneumonia.

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  • Still, the chiropractor had been treating him for a "backache" and adjusting him for two weeks, without ever suggesting a medical consult on what, to me, was a condition that should have put him into

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  • She's at the ER trying to get drugs for her "backache" and lets some guy go off with her kid.


  • a hundred that explain their symptoms as "stomach trouble", "backache", etc., who remain well enough to carry on, and who think their pains and aches inevitably wrapped with the lot of woman.

    The Nervous Housewife

  • His pitch for a chair to help protect workers from backache included neither the word chair, nor any sums that were actually correct.

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  • "Still, it's better than getting lost in a big squishy couch where you end up with a backache."

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  • The obstacles to becoming a proficient farmer are tremendous: along with the many seasons of experience complete with all the heat exhaustion, monotony, and backache that those entail, one must also endure razor thin profit margins, unpredictable and increasingly strange weather, and the reality that, if the numbers speak truth, making a living on a small farm is as hard today as it has ever been.

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