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backache

[bak-eyk] /ˈbækˌeɪk/
noun
1.
a pain, especially in the lumbar region of the back, usually caused by the strain of a muscle or ligament.
Origin of backache
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; back1 + ache
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Examples from the Web for backache
Historical Examples
  • I went down to see her two or three times afore I was took with this backache.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Did a man ever have a backache like the dragging, pulling, tearing ache of a woman?

  • The fireplace is high so that one tending it does not have to stoop and get a backache.

  • I had headache and backache and I cannot tell what aches besides.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • I used to get tired and have backache and roll around in bed.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • After digging for half-an-hour or so, get her to rub your back with any of the backache cures.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • Let us take as an illustration the hysteric headache or backache.

  • These may be cleaned and handled without giving the backache to women.

    The Upward Path Various
  • This second backache did not cause any noticeable interruption in the day's routine.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • Look at all them little stones, h'every one of them as cost me backache and sweat.

    Golden Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for backache

backache

/ˈbækˌeɪk/
noun
1.
an ache or pain in one's back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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backache in Medicine

backache back·ache (bāk'āk')
n.
Discomfort or a pain in the region of the back or spine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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