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 — n. a certificate stating whether there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in the port which the ship is leaving: it is given to the captain for him to show at the next port clean bill of health 1. a bill of health certifying the absence of… …   English World dictionary

  • bill of health — bill′ of health′ n. navig. a certificate attesting to the health of a ship s crew and the health conditions at the previous port • clean bill of health Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — n. approval 1) to give smb. a clean bill of health 2) to get, receive a clean bill of health * * * [ˌbɪləv helθ] receive a clean bill of health [ approval ] to give smb. a clean bill of health to get …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bill of health —    If a person has a clean bill of health, they have a report or certificate declaring that their health is satisfactory.     All candidates for the position must produce a clean bill of health …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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 1. a certificate as to the health of a ship s company at the time of its clearing any port. –phrase 2. clean bill of health, an assurance of the good health of a person, animal, etc., or good condition of a piece of machinery, equipment, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • bill of health — noun a certificate relating to the incidence of infectious disease on a ship or in a port. Phrases a clean bill of health a declaration or confirmation of good health or condition …   English new terms dictionary

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