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sprain

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Definition injury to the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far — most commonly injuring the ankle

(ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
  • She sprained her ankle.
sprained = injured the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far — most commonly injuring the ankle

(ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
  • I don't think it's broken, but it sure is a bad sprain.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • sprain = injury to the ligaments of a joint caused by stretching them too far
  • He rubbed his arms; nothing seemed to be shattered or even sprained all that badly.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • sprained = stretched to the point of injuring the ligaments that connect the bones
  • Then I sprained my ankle.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • sprained = injured the ligaments of a joint by stretching them too far

    (ligaments are the tough, fibrous bands that connect bones across joints)
  • But it was never fought out (that's the worst of fights on a rough hillside) for by very bad luck Thornbut trod on a loose stone, came flat down on his nose, and found when he tried to get up that he had sprained his ankle: a real excruciating sprain which would keep him from walking or riding for at least a fortnight.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • But it was never fought out (that's the worst of fights on a rough hillside) for by very bad luck Thornbut trod on a loose stone, came flat down on his nose, and found when he tried to get up that he had sprained his ankle: a real excruciating sprain which would keep him from walking or riding for at least a fortnight.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • They handled him with the deft and gentle Kingston judo while they checked him carefully for breaks and sprains.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • She had sprained her knee dancing a tango at the office party.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • His sprained ankle throbbed as he forced the pedal downward in an effort that was almost beyond him.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Did you hear about that fellow sprained his ear?
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Jason bandaged Piper's sprained shoulder while Hazel sat at the stern, feeding Nico ambrosia.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • I think it might be sprained, or broken.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • We only had Doctor Phillips from Kerrith here once, that time she sprained her wrist.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I got to my feet: minor spraining of the sub .... trans .... damn, what was that called?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I don't think it's broken, but it might be a sprain.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • He limped around the room on his sprained ankle.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • A woman sprained her ankle because she tripped over her dog, and the man up on the cannon got his hand stuck up in the barrel.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • She may have a sprained neck.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Henry nodded that he was okay, but Vlad was almost certain he'd sprained or maybe broken his ankle during his fall.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • She demonstrated how to do it: she wound the roll around her ankle several times, the way you tape up a sprained ankle.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone

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