from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially of the upper leg, caused by injury or excessive exertion.
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- noun idiomatic A
muscle cramp, usually in the thighor leg.
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- noun a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Originally baseball slang, of unknown origin.]
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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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