head ache

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Noun1.head ache - pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugshead ache - pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs
ache, aching - a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
cluster headache, histamine headache - a painful recurring headache associated with the release of histamine from cells
hemicrania, megrim, migraine, sick headache - a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
sick headache - a headache accompanied by nausea
sinus headache - a headache resulting from congestion or infection in the paranasal sinuses
tension headache - a headache located at the back of the head; usually caused by body tension resulting from overwork or psychological stress
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"And you, maidy Tess, you wasn't well a day or two ago--this will make your head ache finely!
This he continued during the whole day with the same result--humiliating disappointment, which overwrought his nerves and made his head ache. The result of the long strain was seen later in the afternoon, when he sat locked within the turret-room before the still baffling trunk, distrait, listless and yet agitated, sunk in a settled gloom.
And this crown is so heavy that it makes my head ache. But I hope the Conquerors have no intention of injuring me, just because I happen to be the King."
"Senor," replied Sancho, "if the truth is to be told, I cannot persuade myself that the whipping of my backside has anything to do with the disenchantment of the enchanted; it is like saying, 'If your head aches rub ointment on your knees;' at any rate I'll make bold to swear that in all the histories dealing with knight-errantry that your worship has read you have never come across anybody disenchanted by whipping; but whether or no I'll whip myself when I have a fancy for it, and the opportunity serves for scourging myself comfortably."
She sat up and said as she had determined, "My head aches so that I shall go indoors." He was half-way through the next verse, but he dropped the book instantly.
Terence suffered a terrific shock, like that which he had suffered when Rachel said, "My head aches." He stilled it by reflecting that Helen was overwrought, and he was upheld in this opinion by his obstinate sense that she was opposed to him in the argument.
"My head aches now, but I think that I shall want to leave before three days are up.
"My head aches and I'm tired, so I thought maybe some of you would go," said Beth.
After losing Hilda Indasi and Samba Mjomba the play making role is a head ache and has to be sorted out.' He said.
("Head Ache Cured" 211) Another contributor, Abby Hussy, explains how her headaches ceased once she abstained from tea and coffee and ate different bread: "my sick headache soon disappeared entirely; and I have not had a single turn of the sick headache since: though more than fifteen months have passed" (65).