It is written an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but there is no sprain for a sprain.
A man may sprain his ankle, and certainly will knock his head.
And so, early the next morning when Hal went to his work he proceeded to "sprain his wrist."
"If it's a sprain he can't be too careful with it," she insisted.
It happened that, some time after the curing of Darius's sprain, Atossa herself was sick.
“Betty seems to like having a sprain,” said Nancy, looking at her over the balusters.
They watched him with some curiosity as he treated the sprain and studied the pulse.
It couldn't even have been a sprain, judging by the way he was standing there.
A sprain of the wrist, which had been a week ailing, yielded to the daisy in three days.
If the inquisitive choose to make of it a sprain it is their own affair.
c.1600, of uncertain origin. The verb is attested from 1620s. A connection has been suggested to Middle French espraindre "to press out," from Latin exprimere, but the sense evolution is difficult.
An injury to a ligament when the joint is carried through a range of motion greater than its normal range without dislocation or fracture. v. sprained, sprain·ing, sprains
To cause a sprain to a joint or ligament.