the dreaded lurgy

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the dreaded lurgy

A contagious but non-serious illness. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I've gone and caught the dreaded lurgy again, probably from one of the kids.
See also: dreaded, lurgy

the ˌdreaded ˈlurgy

(British English, informal, humorous) an illness that is easy to catch but not serious, for example a cold: Ann’s not coming out tonight — she’s got the dreaded lurgy so she’s at home in bed.
See also: dreaded, lurgy