clean bill of health


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clean bill of health

1. A doctor's report that a patient is in good physical health. Josie was relieved when she received a clean bill of health from her physician.
2. An assurance that an organization or process is operating properly according to specific standards. Despite accusations that the company was responsible for polluting the lake, it received a clean bill of health from the environmental agency after a thorough investigation.
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clean bill of health

A report confirming the absence of fault or guilt in a person or thing, as in Jeff checked every component and gave the computer a clean bill of health, or He had a foolproof alibi so the police had to give him a clean bill of health. This term comes from a 17th-century practice of requiring ships to produce a medical document ( bill) attesting to the absence of infectious disease on board before landing.
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a clean bill of health

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1. If someone is given or gets a clean bill of health, they are told that they are completely fit and healthy. He had a full medical late last year and was given a clean bill of health. Great Britain coach Mal Reilly, delighted to receive a clean bill of health for his 19-man squad, names his side today.
2. If something is given or gets a clean bill of health, it is examined and then judged to be in a satisfactory condition. Fourteen seaside resorts failed to meet the environmental and safety standards, while 43 were given a clean bill of health. At the end of that intensive study, the chemical industry got an environmental clean bill of health. Note: A bill of health was a certificate which was given to a ship's master to present at the next port the ship arrived at. It stated whether or not there was an infectious disease aboard the ship or in the port it was departing from.
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a clean bill of health

a declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy or something is in good condition.
In the mid 18th century, a bill of health was an official certificate given to the master of a ship on leaving port; if clean , it certified that there was no infection either in the port or on board the vessel.
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a clean bill of ˈhealth

a statement that somebody is well or something is in a satisfactory condition: The doctor’s given her a clean bill of health.A bill of health was an official document given to the captain of a ship when leaving a particular port that said that nobody on the ship carried any disease or infection.
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clean bill of health, to have a/be given a

To have passed a rigorous inspection. The term comes from the nineteenth-century practice of issuing an actual bill of health, a document signed by the authorities and given to the ship’s master, stating that no infectious diseases existed in the port of embarkation. If there was some kind of epidemic, the ship received a foul bill of health. Before long the term was transferred to the assurance that an individual or group or organization was found, after investigation, to be morally sound.
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"In terms of a clean bill of health, this is a clean bill of health."
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The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said all Best in Breed winners at the world famous dog show in 2012 and at all the club's championship shows after that will need a clean bill of health from the event's vet before their award is confirmed and they are allowed to continue to compete in the final.
Summary: Israeli President Shimon Peres was discharged from the hospital on Sunday with a clean bill of health, a day after the 86-year-old Nobel peace laureate passed out briefly at a ceremony.
WILLIE Mullins has given a clean bill of health to his Cheltenham winners and all are on course for the Punches town Festival.
I applaud her hospital's continued clean bill of health and long may it continue but it's nothing to do with who provides the cleaning.
After having been given a clean bill of health by the zoo veterinarian, the cubs, a female named Cassie and a male named Dakota, are on display to zoo visitors.
He is an older guy who weighs 19 pounds and is a bit of a coach potato, but he has a clean bill of health. He needs a new home by May 29.
The Van Gogh received a clean bill of health despite 28 passengers falling sick on a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords.
A STUDY of mystery proteins found in the health food fad blue algae has given them a clean bill of health, despite increasing health concerns about this slime, which has become an occasional environmental hazard in fresh water because of eutrophication.
This means that Humanism received a clean bill of health from the most virulent anti-communist of the twentieth century (though he didn't tell anybody at the time, so we had to learn about it much later under the Freedom of Information Act).
He said: I think that very soon the IAEA is going to come to the point when it will give Egypt a 100 per cent clean bill of health, as we are 100 per cent in line with the rules".
Plato falls almost instantly for Emily (of course, they both need affidavits from each other's doctor ensuring a clean bill of health, first).
A clean bill of health for Boeing, by contrast, could lead the Pentagon to reinstate the original deal.