bill of health
Date: 1644 1. a certificate given to the ship's master at the time of leaving port that indicates the state of health of a ship's company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases 2. a usually favorable report following an examination or investigation <
gave the criticized textbook a clean bill of health
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  • Bill of health — Bill Bill, n. [OE. bill, bille, fr. LL. billa (or OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. {Bull} papal edict, {Billet} a paper.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bill of health — Health Health (h[e^]lth), n. [OE. helthe, AS. h[=ae]l[thorn], fr. h[=a]l hale, sound, whole. See {Whole}.] 1. The state of being hale, sound, or whole, in body, mind, or soul; especially, the state of being free from physical disease or pain.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bill of health — bil əv n a duly authenticated certificate of the state of health of a ship s company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases that is given to the ship s master at the time of leaving the port …   Medical dictionary

  • bill of health — 1. a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship s crew and at the port from which it has come. 2. clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness or qualification; a commendation:… …   Universalium

  • bill of health — noun A certificate stating whether or not there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in a port of departure, given to the ships master to present at the next port of arrival …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — ➔ 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

  • give sth a clean bill of health — ► to say that an organization or system is in a good financial position or has been operating honestly and legally, after having examined it: »Concerns about installation procedures mean the company cannot be given a clean bill of health. ► to… …   Financial and business terms

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

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