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get the sniffles

To catch a cold, usually a minor one. My daughter seems to have gotten the sniffles from someone at daycare.
See also: get, sniffle

have the sniffles

To have a cold, usually a minor one. I have the sniffles, so I'm going to stay home and nap instead.
See also: have, sniffle

get, have, etc. the ˈsniffles

(informal) get, have, etc. a slight cold: ‘Are you ill?’ ‘No, I’ve just got the sniffles.’
See also: sniffle
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After receiving the appropriate treatment, Sniffly has now recovered.
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STRIP OFF IN THE 5 BATHROOM "As you undress, pollen that's stuck to your clothes while outside can settle on bedding, pillows and carpets, giving you sleepless, sniffly nights," warns Alison Cullen, nutritional therapist at avogel.
She doesn't get out of breath or anything but, if she takes a cold or becomes sniffly, we have to catch it right away.
They hand feed the tiny babies in incubators, cuddle the three-month-olds, who are the cutest teddy bear-like things imaginable, blow sniffly noses, weigh and measure and give them dental check-ups, and even simulate the job a mum does to encourage them to, er, evacuate.
Lots of people want to avoid having a sniffly nose even when they are not seriously ill.
But the theatre group have sidestepped the move by coming up with new names Prof, Cheeky, Blusher, Snoozy, Sniffly, Grumbly and Loopy.
Hayridge performed after the interval and, although armed with plenty of good gags, her act felt more of an effort - perhaps a cold, as evidenced by her sniffly nose, had taken the edge of her usual dry witticisms?
If you ring in with a cold, you've got to fake the whole sore throat, sniffly nose thing.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: "We are appealing for information to try and find out who did this to Sniffly.