give (someone or something) a clean bill of health

(redirected from gives somebody a clean bill of health)

give (someone or something) a clean bill of health

1. To issue a report that someone or an animal is in good physical health. A: "How did your doctor's appointment go?" B: "Good! The doctor gave me a clean bill of health!" Yes, the zoo's veterinarian team gave the lion a clean bill of health this morning.
2. To issue a report that something is in good working order. A: "The price is right. Does the car work all right?" B: "Yep, my mechanic just gave it a clean bill of health last week!"
3. To issue an assurance that an organization or process is operating properly according to specific standards. Despite accusations that the company had polluted the lake, local environmental watchdogs have given it a clean bill of health. Economic analysts recently gave the company a clean bill of health after its many years of financial trouble.
See also: bill, clean, give, health, of
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Full browser ?