Noun. Late Middle English.
A sudden painful stiffness of the muscles in the neck, back, etc.
The origin of the word crick is a mystery, which is fitting because, when one has a crick, the origin is usually a mystery as well. Common suspects including sleeping awkwardly, using a computer for a long time and (if you're over 35) draughts on the neck. Yeah, I'm at that age where I'm starting to notice draughts ...
For many in the UK and Ireland, there's no mystery to that crick in the neck
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