A clean bill of health


A clean bill of health
Clean Clean (kl[=e]n), a. [Compar. {Cleaner} (kl[=e]n"[~e]r); superl. {Cleanest}.] [OE. clene, AS. cl[=ae]ne; akin to OHG. chleini pure, neat, graceful, small, G. klein small, and perh. to W. glan clean, pure, bright; all perh. from a primitive, meaning bright, shining. Cf. {Glair}.] 1. Free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes. [1913 Webster]

2. Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber. [1913 Webster]

3. Free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, a clean trick; a clean leap over a fence. [1913 Webster]

4. Free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style. [1913 Webster]

5. Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire. [1913 Webster]

When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field. --Lev. xxiii. 22. [1913 Webster]

6. Free from moral defilement; sinless; pure. [1913 Webster]

Create in me a clean heart, O God. --Ps. li. 10 [1913 Webster]

That I am whole, and clean, and meet for Heaven --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

7. (Script.) Free from ceremonial defilement. [1913 Webster]

8. Free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy. ``Lothair is clean.'' --F. Harrison. [1913 Webster]

9. Well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs. [1913 Webster]

{A clean bill of health}, a certificate from the proper authority that a ship is free from infection.

{Clean breach}. See under {Breach}, n., 4.

{To make a clean breast}. See under {Breast}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • clean bill of health — ➔ health * * * clean bill of health UK US noun [C] (plural clean bills of health) ► an official statement that something has been found to be safe, legal, or in good financial condition: »Two of the bridges got tentative clean bills of health… …   Financial and business terms

  • clean bill of health — If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there s nothing wrong; everything s fine …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • clean bill of health — n a bill of health certifying absence of infectious disease …   Medical dictionary

  • clean bill of health — {n. phr.} 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. * /The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country./ 2. {informal} A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. * /The stranger …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean bill of health — {n. phr.} 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. * /The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country./ 2. {informal} A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. * /The stranger …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clean bill of health — noun an assurance that someone is healthy or something is in good condition the doctor gave him a clean bill of health • Hypernyms: ↑assurance * * * 1. : a bill of health certifying absence of infectious disease 2. : an unqualified finding or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • clean bill of health —    If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there s nothing wrong; everything s fine.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If a person has a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • clean\ bill\ of\ health — n. phr. 1. A certificate that a person or animal has no infectious disease. The government doctor gave Jones a clean bill of health when he entered the country. 2. informal A report that a person is free of guilt or fault. The stranger was… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • clean bill of health — See a clean bill of health …   English idioms

  • clean bill of health — the assurance that an animal or person is healthy The astronaut was given a clean bill of health before he began training …   Idioms and examples

  • Clean bill of health —   If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there s nothing wrong; everything s fine …   Dictionary of English idioms


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