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past cure

Incurable or hopeless, especially of an illness that has a grim prognosis. We need to go see your grandmother tonight—the doctors believe that her condition is past cure.
See also: cure, past

cure (someone or something) of (something)

1. To heal someone of something. That antibiotic cured Sam of his illness in just a few days. I really hope this new therapist can cure me of my compulsive behaviors.
2. To fix or repair a malfunctioning machine. Unfortunately, a few good smacks on the lid did not cure the washer of that dreadful noise.
See also: cure, of

prevention is better than cure

Work to stop something from happening is easier and better than having to try to resolve it later. Unless you want to be violently ill for days, get the flu shot now—prevention is better than cure, you know.
See also: better, cure, prevention

kill or cure

Said of something that can only have one of two outcomes: very negative ("kill") or very positive ("cure"). We're all anxiously awaiting the dean's decision on grant money, as it will kill or cure our research.
See also: cure, kill

an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Working to stop something from happening is easier and better than having to try to resolve it later. Unless you want to be violently ill for days, get the flu shot now—an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, you know. Councilor, I am of the firm belief that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and investing in social and educational programs has been proven more effective at reducing crime than simply strengthening police force to combat it!

sure cure

Something that is guaranteed to be an effective remedy for some ailment. Typically implies a treatment that is either figurative, alternative, or homemade. Here, drink this—it's a sure cure for a hangover. Arts and crafts projects are a sure cure for bored kids.
See also: cure, sure

take the cure

To enter into a center or program designed to treat drug or alcohol addiction. I always seem to find my way back to heroin a month or two after taking the cure. My brother had to hit absolute rock bottom before he would agree to take the cure.
See also: cure, take

the Dutch cure

The act of committing suicide when considered the cowardly response for one's ailment or woes. The disparaging use of the word "Dutch" is a reference to the fierce rivalry between England and the Dutch in the 17th century. After her daughter died, we were worried that Mary might be tempted to relieve her grief with the Dutch cure. I always told myself that if I were ever diagnosed with a terminal disease, I'd take the Dutch cure to end it all before life became too miserable.
See also: cure, Dutch

cure someone of something

to rid someone of a disease, ailment, bad habit, or obsession. I hope that the doctor prescribes something to cure him of that chronic cough. Will you please try to cure yourself of your constant interrupting?
See also: cure, of

cure something of something

to eliminate the cause of a malfunction in a machine or a device. (See also cure someone of something.) I think I have cured the stapler of jamming all the time. I can't seem to cure the committee of procrastination.
See also: cure, of

ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Prov. If you put in a little effort to prevent a problem, you will not have to put in a lot of effort to solve the problem. Brush your teeth every day; that way you won't have to go to the dentist to have cavities filled. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you get in the habit of being careful with your new stereo, chances are you won't break it and have to have it fixed later. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Prevention is better than cure.

Prov. It is better to try to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix the bad thing once it has happened. (See also An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.) If we spend more money on education, so that children learn to be responsible citizens, we won't have to spend so much money on prisons. Prevention is better than cure.
See also: better, cure, prevention

take the cure

to enter into any treatment program or treatment center. (Especially those dealing with drugs and alcohol.) I wanted to take the cure, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. It's hard to get those addicted to realize that they are the ones who have to decide to take the cure.
See also: cure, take

What can't be cured must be endured.

Prov. If you cannot do anything about a problem, you will have to live with it. Alan: No matter what I do, I can't make the dog stop barking in the middle of the night. Jane: What can't be cured must be endured, then, I guess.
See also: cure, endure, must, what

kill or cure

Either remedy a disease or kill the patient, as in The copy chief did not like her headline for the drug, "Kill or Cure." This expression dates from the mid-1700s, when it was already being used half-jokingly.
See also: cure, kill

ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, an

It is easier to forestall a disaster than to deal with it. For example, The new law makes all children under twelve wear bicycle helmets-an ounce of prevention. This ancient proverb is first recorded in Latin in Henry de Bracton's De Legibus (c. 1240) and has been repeated ever since, often in shortened form.
See also: of, ounce, pound, prevention, worth

sure cure

A remedy that won't fail, as in Hard work is a sure cure for brooding. Originating in the late 1800s as an advertising slogan ( Dr. Keck's Sure Cure for Catarrh; first recorded in 1881), this rhyming phrase was soon extended to other matters.
See also: cure, sure

kill or cure

(of a remedy for a problem) likely to either work well or fail catastrophically, with no possibility of partial success. British
1998 Richard Gordon Ailments through the Ages Mackenzie complained that the Germans' policy was ‘kill or cure’: if they tried an elaborate laryngectomy, it would turn them from surgeons into assassins.
See also: cure, kill

ˌkill or ˈcure

(British English) extreme action which will either be a complete success or a complete failure: This new chemical will either clean the painting perfectly or it will damage it badly. It’s kill or cure.
See also: cure, kill

preˌvention is better than ˈcure

(British English) (American English an ounce of preˌvention is better than a pound of ˈcure) (saying) it is better to stop something bad from happening rather than try to deal with the problems after it has happened: Remember that prevention is better than cure, so brush your teeth at least twice a day and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.
See also: better, cure, prevention

the Dutch act

and the Dutch cure
n. suicide. Well, Ken took the Dutch cure last week. So sad. It was the Dutch act. He ate his gun.
See also: act, Dutch

the Dutch cure

See also: cure, Dutch

take the cure

tv. to enter into any treatment program or treatment center. (Especially those dealing with drugs and alcohol.) I wanted to take the cure, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
See also: cure, take
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The most successful of these beneficiadores, or vanilla curers, built themselves imposing, French-style mansions with sprawling back courtyards for processing their precious crop.
This article will be an exploration of the process by which Kakah Ramat and other belian curers among the Luangan Dayaks of East and Central Kalimantan (2) today call on Itak Silu Malik to help them turn around figures (malik, 'to turn around,' here means both to physically turn around, rotate, and to transform), assisting them in the making of representations that have magical power over what they represent.
The most powerful Kiowa curers, the buffalo doctors, belonged to the Buffalo Medicine Lodge, an elite group of medicine men who inherited or bought their positions.
L'eboueur venait chaque matin curer les avaloirs en y deversant du Cresyl.
The agglomeration of Compiegne Region wants to perpetuate the project to maintain in the pipe network (29 km) by regularly monitoring the level of fine points and curer each year a significant number of straight pipe.
For those of you up for it or in need of it The Navy are having a New Year's Day Curer on Sunday from 9pm until very late.
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Designated the WT05, the new curer will help manufacturers meet the ever-increasing demand for quick and efficient production.
While stressing here the emergent, open-ended nature of pelian performances, counterposed against the endlessly varied role that the manang must play as a curer and ritual intercessor, there are also more enduring messages contained in the words of the leka pelian, conveying what Rappaport (1992:250) has called a "canonical" or "liturgical order," relating, not "indexically" to the immediate conditions of the patient and other participants in a pelian session, but "symbolically" to more enduring aspects of nature, society, and the cosmos.
It's a far cry from the traditional methods of curing that produced really good bacon, a true monument to the bacon curer's art.
Mr Bishop's father worked as a ham curer for Marsh & Baxter, meat suppliers to royalty, in Brierley Hill.
In addition to the communal rites, families went to the water at dawn and after the burial of a relative, and the practice was used in private rituals involving a curer and a patient.
Lae1/4aoUu[c]boueur venait chaque matin curer les avaloirs en y dUu[c]versant du Cresyl.
The locals were treated to many a vision such as artist and musician Robert Miller nipping to the pub at 11am for a curer wearing a black and white Paisley-patterned onesie, slippers and a trilby.
visual inspection are - Curer equipment drainage to allow the passage of a camera,- Inspecting equipment drainage using a camera,- Identify all the defects observed- Prepare a review report with the state of the equipment, to transmit to the engineering office.