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be taken ill

To become ill or unwell, especially quickly or unexpectedly. Mrs. Smith was taken ill last night and an ambulance had to be called to bring her to the hospital. I was taken ill after someone spiked my drink with alcohol.
See also: ill, taken
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She was not taken ill, so far as appeared, in this house.
My Lady went out, Sir Leicester, before you were taken ill, and don't know of your illness yet.
And I'm quite sure nothing was said to frighten the poor thing, for I was talking when she was taken ill.
Mr Allworthy had been engaged to dine with Mr Western at the time when he was taken ill.
Imagine her feelings when her mother-in-law is suddenly taken ill and dies, and immediately after she hears the word 'Poison'
His good lady, indeed, was the only person present, who retained presence of mind enough to observe that if he were allowed to lie down on Mr Squeers's bed for an hour or so, and left entirely to himself, he would be sure to recover again almost as quickly as he had been taken ill.
It may have been that he was too bright a genius to live long, or it may have been that he took some pernicious substance into his bill, and thence into his maw--which is not improbable, seeing that he new-pointed the greater part of the garden-wall by digging out the mortar, broke countless squares of glass by scraping away the putty all round the frames, and tore up and swallowed, in splinters, the greater part of a wooden staircase of six steps and a landing--but after some three years he too was taken ill, and died before the kitchen fire.
On inquiry, I found that she had been suddenly taken ill, and had gone up-stairs to her own room to lie down.
But she was taken ill the same night; she has grown worse and worse ever since; and the last medical report is, that the fever from which she has been suffering is in a fair way to settle on her brain.
Gale left us, with strict injunctions to send for him instantly if she was taken ill again.
Rook and her husband should occupy the bedroom next to mine, so that I might have her near me in case of my being taken ill in the night.
This was too reasonable a proposal to be denied, so he called the landlady of the house, and told her his wife was taken ill, and so ill that she could not think of going any farther in the stage-coach, which had tired her almost to death, and asked if she could not get us a lodging for two or three days in a private house, where I might rest me a little, for the journey had been too much for me.
PHILLIP Schofield had to pull out of This Morning yesterday after his younger brother was taken ill.
Saxon singer Biff Byford said: "Devastating news that our friend and drummer Nigel has been taken ill.
A CARE worker at a West Bromwich old people's home has appeared before Birmingham Crown Court accused of attempted murder after staff and residents were taken ill.