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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. 2018.
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  • If you've got sore throat there ain't nothin' better'n 'Arabian Balsam.'

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Course they be, and I've told some of 'em so till I've got a sore throat hollerin'.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Sometimes the throat is affected, and the patient complains of sore throat.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • If I have a sore throat, it would be useless to blister you for it: that is his idea.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • There is no fear of sore throat, I think, but some of prolonged tooth worry.

    Hortus Inclusus John Ruskin
  • She would as lief have the sore throat all the time, if she might only be alive.

  • Mrs Curtis it was who prescribed the honey-plaster for a sore throat.

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
  • Only once, when I had a sore throat from barking too long at the moon.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • 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
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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