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sword throat

sword throat
 n.— «The most common medical complaint: a sore throat, or “sword throat” as it’s known in the business, which typically occurred while they were still learning, after frequent performances or from stunts involving multiple or odd-shaped swords. Some experienced lower chest pains, often lasting for days, which could be relieved by not swallowing any swords for a few days. Sixteen mentioned intestinal bleeding and one was told a sword had “brushed” his heart.» —“The Secrets (and Perils) of Sword Swallowing Revealed” by Ker Than LiveScience.com (New York City) Feb. 16, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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