clean bill of health


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clean bill of health

1. A doctor's report that a patient is in good physical health. Josie was relieved when she received a clean bill of health from her physician.
2. An assurance that an organization or process is operating properly according to specific standards. Despite accusations that the company was responsible for polluting the lake, it received a clean bill of health from the environmental agency after a thorough investigation.
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clean bill of health

A report confirming the absence of fault or guilt in a person or thing, as in Jeff checked every component and gave the computer a clean bill of health, or He had a foolproof alibi so the police had to give him a clean bill of health. This term comes from a 17th-century practice of requiring ships to produce a medical document ( bill) attesting to the absence of infectious disease on board before landing.
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a clean bill of health

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1. If someone is given or gets a clean bill of health, they are told that they are completely fit and healthy. He had a full medical late last year and was given a clean bill of health. Great Britain coach Mal Reilly, delighted to receive a clean bill of health for his 19-man squad, names his side today.
2. If something is given or gets a clean bill of health, it is examined and then judged to be in a satisfactory condition. Fourteen seaside resorts failed to meet the environmental and safety standards, while 43 were given a clean bill of health. At the end of that intensive study, the chemical industry got an environmental clean bill of health. Note: A bill of health was a certificate which was given to a ship's master to present at the next port the ship arrived at. It stated whether or not there was an infectious disease aboard the ship or in the port it was departing from.
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a clean bill of health

a declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy or something is in good condition.
In the mid 18th century, a bill of health was an official certificate given to the master of a ship on leaving port; if clean , it certified that there was no infection either in the port or on board the vessel.
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a clean bill of ˈhealth

a statement that somebody is well or something is in a satisfactory condition: The doctor’s given her a clean bill of health.A bill of health was an official document given to the captain of a ship when leaving a particular port that said that nobody on the ship carried any disease or infection.
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Mr Simpson said: "Obviously we are pleased with the overall clean bill of health, but there can be no room for complacency.
Mares' Hurdle winner Quevega, pictured, RSA Chase victor Cooldine and impressive Ballymore Novices' Hurdle scorer Mikael D'Haguenet have all been given a clean bill of health by the County Carlowhandler.
color) Two-year-old Roxy got a clean bill of health after burglars placed her in a freezer Wednesday, but the dog is sticking close to her owner after the incident.
Plato falls almost instantly for Emily (of course, they both need affidavits from each other's doctor ensuring a clean bill of health, first).
The 36 workers who underwent medical checks when the plant was evacuated were all given a clean bill of health and returned to work the next day.
A clean bill of health for Boeing, by contrast, could lead the Pentagon to reinstate the original deal.
In a September Fox News Channel special, NEA President Reg Weaver said he was confident the association will come out with "a clean bill of health.
Tierno recommended using different sponges for different kitchen cleaning tasks, and replacing them weekly--an idea that no doubt gets a clean bill of health from survey sponsor Brillo.
When they come in, we feel confident that they will go out the same way they did in 1999 and that is having the NEA have a clean bill of health.
Once the vet gives the animal a clean bill of health, Stephanie sets out in search of a loving home.
While the female rats were given a clean bill of health (aside from teeth discoloration), the male rats showed "equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity," based on the occurrence of a small number of bone osteosarcomas.
The leading glass packaging company, Rockware Glass are showing leadership in standards of hygiene at their Knottingley, Worksop and Doncaster factories with a clean bill of health from a recent Royal Society for the Promotion of Health inspection.
And it published a position paper that gave sugar a clean bill of health.
Anyone interested in participating in the sport should get a clean bill of health from a physician, Johnson Hughes advices.
Only 16% of Japanese who had medical checkups last year were issued a clean bill of health, the worst figure on record, the Japan Hospital Association said Wednesday.