the dreaded lurgy

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the dreaded lurgy

A contagious but non-serious illness. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I've gone and caught the dreaded lurgy again, probably from one of the kids.
See also: dreaded, lurgy

the ˌdreaded ˈlurgy

(British English, informal, humorous) an illness that is easy to catch but not serious, for example a cold: Ann’s not coming out tonight — she’s got the dreaded lurgy so she’s at home in bed.
See also: dreaded, lurgy
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She was hit badly with the dreaded lurgy in her rented cottage in Banchory.
Many university newcomers are struck by the dreaded lurgy after moving into their halls of residence.
Hull had been ravaged by a virulent sickness bug over the previous 48 hours and had been forced to put their training ground into quarantine as first teamers went down suffering from the dreaded lurgy.
WE both have this dreaded lurgy, which hasn't been great.
I awoke with the dreaded lurgy on the weekend, alone in the flat, and boredom compelled me to log on for a minute.
They were all cheerful comedians in their way and referred to their ailment as the dreaded lurgy - then eventually they all died, and the light and laughter went out of our lives.
It is complicated by the whole HIV story because if you lose weight people think you've got the dreaded lurgy.
Don't tell anyone the formula for the dreaded lurgy.
Assuming the dreaded lurgy passes by in time, I'll be going to the Skydome to watch old rivals Cardiff take on Cassidy Coventry Blaze.
Hopefully, Timbera can stay away from the dreaded lurgy that seems to be afflicting most Irish yards at the moment, because he has everything needed in a National winner.
With the Rolling Stones pulling out of Far East dates for fear of catching the dreaded lurgy, it seems like a pertinent time to consider the many health risks facing our rock'n'roll dignitaries travelling abroad.
But despite the little lad's heroics the dreaded lurgy was always going to be a key player in this one.
The Dreaded Lurgy THE Lurgy doesn't fight clean, It's an insidious human debilitating machine, It creeps up on you when you least expect, Leaving in its wake a devastating effect.
I don't know where it came from, all I know is I've done everything I can to cure it and not spread my dreaded lurgy.
An outbreak of the dreaded lurgy left Boro with barely enough senior players for a five-a-side game and the club took an ill-fated and controversial call not to travel to Ewood Park in December 1996.