'Charlie's Horse'

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'Charlie's Horse'

Post by Archived Topic » Wed Feb 10, 1999 12:00 am

I just wanted to know the origin of the term charlie's horse, that pain you get in your leg sometimes

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'Charlie's Horse'

Post by Jonathon Green » Fri Feb 12, 1999 8:00 am

The phrase was originally baseball jargon, dating from around 1887. More than I cannot offer. Nor indeed, can anyone else - believe me, I've checked.
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