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hospital pass

1. In sports, especially rugby, a pass to a teammate who will be heavily tackled as a result. Their scrum half took a devastating blow after that hospital pass from his flanker.
2. A task, project, or case (as in law) that will result in or bring a great amount of criticism upon the person to whom it is assigned. No one likes having to take a case defending the murderer of a child, but every person is entitled to legal representation. I suppose I'll just have to accept that this will be a hospital pass for me.
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in hospital

Receiving medical or surgical treatment, care, or attention at a hospital. Primarily heard in UK. My grandmother is in hospital again for hip surgery. I heard you were in hospital last week! Are you all right?
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in the hospital

Receiving medical or surgical treatment, care, or attention at a hospital. My grandmother is in the hospital again for hip surgery. I heard you were in the hospital last week! Are you all right?
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rush someone to the hospital

to take someone to the hospital very quickly. They had to rush her to the hospital because she had stopped breathing. We rushed Uncle Harry to the hospital after he complained of chest pains.
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Why, some of the Tommies I have been to see in the hospitals have been far more interesting than you.
After this little stoppage we were soon on our way to the hospital, going as much as possible through by-streets.
The rain was now coming down fast, and just as we were leaving the hospital the door opened again, and the porter called out, "Cab
Every day the police net would drag hundreds of them off the streets, and in the detention hospital you might see them, herded together in a miniature inferno, with hideous, beastly faces, bloated and leprous with disease, laughing, shouting, screaming in all stages of drunkenness, barking like dogs, gibbering like apes, raving and tearing themselves in delirium.
Porkiss so far forgot himself as to insinuate that the presence of the officers could do no earthly good, and that the best thing would be to send the entire Regiment into hospital and "let the doctors look after them.
who learned from the regimental chaplain that Bobby was considerably more in request in the hospital tents than the Reverend John Emery.
Mortimer withdrew from the service of the hospital in order to start a practice for himself.
If he was in the hospital and yet not on the staff he could only have been a house-surgeon or a house-physician--little more than a senior student.
From the hospital still proceeded the moaning of the sick.
I went the same day to the hospital, and was taken to the bedside.
The seemingly dead body of the watchman wandered, as we have said, to the hospital, where it was brought into the general viewing-room: and the first thing that was done here was naturally to pull off the galoshes--when the spirit, that was merely gone out on adventures, must have returned with the quickness of lightning to its earthly tenement.
to those who had rather beg than work, by giving them the offals from it; that he died immensely rich and built an hospital.
If you would care to look at the hospital, and are not tired, indeed, it's not far.
As I never offered to go to the hospital with her, she thinks that I have no heart.
Worn with pain, and weak from the prolonged hardships which I had undergone, I was removed, with a great train of wounded sufferers, to the base hospital at Peshawar.