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case of the dropsy

A fictitious "condition" characterized by continually dropping things from one's hands. It is a play on the term "dropsy," which was formerly used to denote the condition now known as edema (or oedema). I've broken four or five plates since I started work. I guess I've got a bad case of the dropsy today.
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Dropsy cases were well-represented in the Rampart scandal.
2) The central conflict involves Dolly's dropsy cure, an enigmatic gypsy medicine that she brews once a year in the backyard and sells to mail-order customers throughout the state.
SCROFULE SALT RHEUM PALSY NEURALGIA DARTING PAINS Dear --, put a hex on me at the end, in the way only the dropsy, the vertiginous, the beat blood spume of please can cast out the water of such a spell: You'll never love again.
At the absurd end of the rhetoric were claims that the Company had impoverished and killed seemingly endless Asians, that tea was a health hazard (inducing dropsy, etc.
I had the communal dropsy for a day and then I got the herpetology and then I claimed the strange liquors and slathered myself upon the lathe and then I got another disease called the blue coagulus.
Of the wood called guaiacum, that healeth the Frenche pockes, and also healeth the goute in the feete, the stoone, the palsey, lepree, dropsy, fallynge euyll, and other diseases in Aedibus.
The result is that Cohnheim has taken for his especial studies such common subjects as inflammation, dropsy, embolism and through his investigation these have become perhaps the only subjects in pathology in which our knowledge approaches exactness what is known concerning a physical or chemical process.
An example is William Withering, who in 1785 published An Account of the Foxglove and Some of Its Medicinal Uses, m which he described how the foxglove plant (Digitalis purpurea) was used to treat dropsy, a condition caused by inadequate pumping action of the heart (Balick & Cox, 1996).
After a short deliberation upon the evidence adduced, the jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from dropsy, old age, and exposure to cold.
You say the wrong thing, make a wrong move or have a touch of the emotional dropsy, perhaps.
Its general and traditional uses include: (i) Ornamental, (ii) social use in: religion and, superstitions (iii) Food uses include: sauce ingredients and spice and (iv) Medicinal application in diseases such as: arthritis, rheumatism, dropsy, swellings, oedema, gout and pain-killers [7].
These chants may not be familiar to you, each district had their own variations, but you may remember similar ones like this popular skipping chant: 1,2,3 O'Leary, 4,5,6 O'Leary, 7,8,9 O'Leary, 10 O'Leary, 11 O'Leary 1,2,3 upsy, 5,4,6 upsy, 7,8,9 upsy, 10 upsy, 11 upsy, 123 a dropsy, 456 a dropsy etc 123 a stouncy, 456 etc 123 a pearl-a-pecker etc Sometimes depending on whereabouts you were from, O'Leary would be pronounced O'Laira but there were any number of versions of the same chant.
It is also used as remedy for narcotic poisons, convulsions, dyspeptic complaints and dropsy.
This scene from Luke's Gospel is presented as the first of a pair, the second being another Sabbath healing that occurs to a man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-6).
Amin (1999) provides similar evidence for Egypt, and Dropsy and Grand (2004) do so for Morocco and Tunisia.