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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRAMP

She felt a cramp around her root That crippled every outmost shoot.

I didn't care for music, piano playing gave me a cramp in my arms.

If the cramp attack the stomach or bowels, it is attended with considerable danger: medicine may relieve but cannot cure.

They always do, unless they are seized with the cramp and it holds them.

No human tongue can describe what I suffered with the cramp.

They give me the cramp in my thumb, and kinks in my fingers.

And, without running any risk of writer's cramp, she might have signed it.

A crooked leg gives a fellow a cramp in the knee, after a while.

Others get cramp, fever, and pains before they begin to recover.

I have done it into cramp English, line for line, and rhyme for rhyme, to try the possibility.

WORD ORIGIN

"muscle contraction," late 14c., from Old French crampe, from a Frankish or other Germanic word (cf. Old High German krapmhe "cramp, spasm," related to kramph "bent, crooked"), from a Proto-Germanic root forming many words for "bent, crooked," including, via French, crampon. Writer's cramp is first attested 1842 as the name of a physical affliction of the hand, in reference to translations of German medical papers (Stromeyer); also known as scrivener's palsy.

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