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Montezuma's revenge

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noun Slang.
  1. traveler's diarrhea, especially as experienced by some visitors to Mexico.

Origin of Montezuma's revenge

1960–65, Americanism; in allusion to Montezuma II, who was killed by invading Europeans
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Montezuma's revenge

noun
  1. informal an acute attack of infectious diarrhoea, esp when experienced in Mexico by tourists
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Word Origin and History for montezuma's revenge

Montezuma's revenge

"severe intestinal infection," such as often suffered by non-natives in Mexico, 1962, in reference to Montezuma II (1466-1520), Aztec ruler at the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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