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Crick

(krik),
Francis H.C., British biochemist and Nobel laureate, 1916-2004. See: Watson-Crick helix.

crick

(krĭk)
n.
A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
tr.v. cricked, cricking, cricks
To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.

crick

(krĭk)
A muscle spasm or cramp, esp. in the neck.
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She drank a little milk as temporary refreshment-- to the surprise--indeed, slight contempt--of Dairyman Crick, to whose mind it had apparently never occurred that milk was good as a beverage.
A more complete imagination than Philip's might have pictured a youth of splendid hope, for he must have been entering upon manhood in 1848 when kings, remembering their brother of France, went about with an uneasy crick in their necks; and perhaps that passion for liberty which passed through Europe, sweeping before it what of absolutism and tyranny had reared its head during the reaction from the revolution of 1789, filled no breast with a hotter fire.
In short, they were very often in his ears, and very often in his thoughts, but always in his good opinion; and he very often got such a crick in his neck by staring with his mouth wide open, at the steeple where they hung, that he was fain to take an extra trot or two, afterwards, to cure it.