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summer complaint(s)

obsolete A euphemism for any severe gastrointestinal infection, especially food poisoning or cholera, typically contracted by children in the summertime. Mary has a bit of the summer complaint, so she has taken to bed for the rest of the week. Before personal hygiene and food safety practices became commonplace, children became ill and died from what adults rather flippantly called summer complaints.
See also: summer

swear out (something) against (one)

To file a legal complaint, affidavit, or warrant alleging or supporting a claim that one has committed some crime. I know that he is breaking the law, but I'm too nervous to go to the police station and swear out an affidavit against him. The woman swore out a complaint against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police swore out a warrant against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.
See also: out, swear

swear (something) out against (one)

To file a legal complaint, affidavit, or warrant alleging or supporting a claim that one has committed some crime. I know that he is breaking the law, but I'm too nervous to go to the police station and swear an affidavit out against him. The woman swore a complaint out against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police swore a warrant out against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.
See also: out, swear

take out (something) against (one)

To file a legal complaint, affidavit, or warrant alleging or supporting a claim that one has committed some crime. I know that he is breaking the law, but I'm too nervous to go to the police station and take out an affidavit against him. The woman took out a complaint against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police took out a warrant against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.
See also: out, take

take (something) out against (one)

To file a legal complaint, affidavit, or warrant alleging or supporting a claim that one has committed some crime. I know that he is breaking the law, but I'm too nervous to go to the police station and take an affidavit out against him. The woman took a complaint out against her ex-husband, claiming that he had violated the terms of his restraining order. The police took a warrant out against the CFO after evidence of his embezzlement emerged.
See also: out, take

summer complaint

n. diarrhea, especially that experienced in the summer. I’ve got a touch of the summer complaint.
See also: complaint, summer
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