- a pain, especially in the lumbar region of the back, usually caused by the strain of a muscle or ligament.
Origin of backache
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Examples from the Web for backache
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?Treatise on the Diseases of Women
Lydia E. Pinkham
The fireplace is high so that one tending it does not have to stoop and get a backache.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties
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
- an ache or pain in one's back
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- Discomfort or a pain in the region of the back or spine.
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