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The nurses' rooms were subject to inspection, and she had pleaded a headache.

Carlotta Harrison pleaded a headache, and was excused from the operating-room and from prayers.

Let me hit you but one box on the ear, and you'll never have the headache again.

Mrs. Beaufort, languid and afflicted with headache, said little.

He went to the dinner, but she did not appear: she had a headache, his hostess explained.

Arthur let them talk on; headache the excuse for his own silence.

I was to have been at our ambassador's one evening when he was there; but a headache prevented me.

You see, when you look into the matter, it is this way: The headache only comes when you are sober.

Hermione had gone to bed, leaving word that she had a headache.

She wondered if Vere was there, and longed to plead a headache and to have her coffee in her bedroom.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English heafodece; see head (n.) + ache (n.). Colloquial sense of "troublesome problem" is first recorded 1934.

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