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(as) patient as Job

Extremely patient, calm, composed, and dutiful. Job is a character in the Bible who quietly endures many trials and tribulations to prove his faith in and devotion to God. There are a lot of opinionated people in this office, so the next person we hire will need to be as patient as Job. My mother raised 10 kids—she is truly as patient as Job! Kristen is patient as Job, so I think she'd make an excellent tutor for these kids.
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a hard stick

slang Someone who has veins that are difficult to locate or puncture, as with a needle. The nurse spent nearly 10 minutes trying to get the IV into my arm, but the dehydration had made my veins hard to puncture. Apparently, I'm a hard stick! Sanaya is a phlebotomy ninja—next time you get a hard stick, just ask her to do it! I hate getting my blood drawn, and I never want the process to take one second longer than it has to. Thankfully, I'm not a hard stick.
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Doctors make the worst patients.

proverb It is difficult to give people help or advice on something in which they are professionals, because they often feel as though they already know better than anyone else how to handle the situation or perform a given task. Mary tried to convince her boss at the bank to see a credit advisor about his growing debt, but he kept insisting that he knew how to manage his money. Doctors make the worst patients.
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patient as Griselda

Extremely calm, composed, and dutiful. Griselda is a character in folklore who quietly endures many tests to prove her virtue to her husband. There are a lot of opinionated people in this office, so the next person we hire will need to be as patient as Griselda. My mother raised 10 kids—she is truly as patient as Griselda!
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patient dumping

The premature discharge of patients, especially homeless patients or those with psychological disabilities, onto the streets by hospital workers or care providers, due to the high cost of providing care or shelter for them. A local hospital is being investigated for a continual practice of patient dumping, with many who suffer from chronic addiction and health issues being thrust straight back onto Skid Row.
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patient influencer

In marketing, an individual or group that has a significant amount of influence on the opinions or habits of their fans or followers, specifically as it relates to health and medicine. The writer, a patient influencer on social media, mainly posts about her struggles with a chronic illness. He's a patient influencer who beat cancer and now attends medical conferences and advocates on behalf of patient care.
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patient of

Able to stay composed when faced with (something unpleasant). My mother is very patient of chaos—I guess she developed that skill while raising five kids. Meditation has helped me to become more patient of everyday annoyances.
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patient zero

1. The first person to exhibit symptoms of an illness. The phrase originated during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. My daughter was patient zero, the only one with a cold last week—now, she's very generously given it to the rest of the family.
2. By extension, the first case of or person demonstrating a particular issue or problem. This guy is patient zero for the crashing issue in the app, so let me see what he said in his original email.
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*patient as Job

very patient. (Alludes to the biblical figure Job.*Also: as ~.) If you want to teach young children, you must be as patient as Job. The director who is working with that temperamental actor must have the patience of Job.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He made the patient feel like a boy confronted by a jolly schoolmaster; his illness was an absurd piece of naughtiness which amused rather than irritated.
Tyrell, with a smile, as he took the next paper and gave the patient one of his shrewd glances.
The field was now left to the physician and his patient, while the different personages who remained gathered around the latter, with faces expressing the various degrees of interest that each one felt in his condition.
It is no small part of our art, sir,” and he now spoke with the confidence of a man who understood his subject, “to reconcile the patient to what is for his own good, though at the same time it may be unpalatable.”
I made notes of my patient's pulse and temperature, tested the rigidity of his muscles, and examined his reflexes.
"'I feel that I owe you a great many apologies for my abrupt departure yesterday, doctor,' said my patient.
Various patients got well while Lydgate was attending them, some even of dangerous illnesses; and it was remarked that the new doctor with his new ways had at least the merit of bringing people back from the brink of death.
After this, it came to be held in various quarters that Lydgate played even with respectable constitutions for his own purposes, and how much more likely that in his flighty experimenting he should make sixes and sevens of hospital patients. Especially it was to be expected, as the landlady of the Tankard had said, that he would recklessly cut up their dead bodies.
The doctors, therefore, all previous ceremonies being complied with, as this was a new patient, attended, according to desire, and laid hold on each of her hands, as they had before done on those of the corpse.
Nay, some are so cautious on this head, that, to avoid a possibility of killing the patient, they abstain from all methods of curing, and prescribe nothing but what can neither do good nor harm.
We differed entirely in the conclusions which we drew from the patient's pulse.
'His gills looks rum; don't they?' says Bob, after inspecting the patient.
Fees were a rare thing with him, and the evidences of his patient's means were somewhat doubtful.
The patient grew calmer every instant, and presently said, "You needn't tie me.
Scarcely a judicious proceeding in a sick-room, with a patient whom it was highly desirable not to excite.
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