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sore throat

noun, Pathology.
a painful or sensitive condition of the throat exaggerated by swallowing or talking, usually caused by bacteria or viruses; laryngitis; pharyngitis; tonsillitis.
Origin of sore throat
First recorded in 1680-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Allardyce was having tea with Drummond, who had been stopping in with a sore throat.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • As I've got a sore throat, you can do the calling out for me, so like that you'll earn your grub.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • Johnny, her little companion in naughtiness, escaped without so much as a sore throat; but he suffered in another way.

  • It has also been said to have been attended with sore throat.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • It was on the second afternoon of headache and sore throat that Mrs. Randolph came to the rescue.

    The Girl from Arizona Nina Rhoades
  • Therapeutically they use it with honey, locally for sore throat.

  • My sore throat is not quite well and I intend stopping here a few days.

  • It was where one of the girls had a sore throat, I remember, and we had to stay quite a while.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • He had had a sore throat, and now he couldn't swallow; felt suffocated.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
sore throat in Medicine

sore throat n.
Any of various inflammations of the tonsils, pharynx, or larynx characterized by pain in swallowing.

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