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heal (someone) of (something)

To cure someone of a particular ailment (named after "of"); to restore someone's health. My doctor seems to think that only a surgeon can heal me of this back pain.
See also: heal, of

heal over

To heal or mend, usually of an injury or wound that has broken the skin. The doctor didn't' t give me stitches because he thinks my cut will heal over pretty quickly on its own.
See also: heal, over

heal up

1. To heal or mend, as of a wound or injury. The doctor didn't give me stitches because he thinks my cut will heal up pretty quickly on its own. Will it really take three months for my broken leg to heal up?
2. To recover or be restored to health following an injury or illness. The injured player spent most of the season healing up. Don't worry, we'll make sure your shifts are covered. You just stay home and heal up.
3. To repair or restore someone or something to health. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "heal" and "up." This ointment will help heal up that cut a lot quicker. Don't worry, the medical team here will heal you up in no time.
See also: heal, up

healing touch

1. That which heals, repairs, or soothes someone or something with care, kindness, and sympathy. In these troubling times, we need a politician with a healing touch, someone who can ease the rancorous divisions in the population. The service provides a healing touch to those who are dealing with grief.
2. Any touch-based therapeutic process or practice that has or claims to have medicinal value. Our acupuncture treatments may be the healing touch you need to finally eradicate persistent pain. I swear, my masseuse has a healing touch.
See also: heal, touch

physician, heal thyself

proverb Do not rebuke or correct someone else for the very faults or problems of which you yourself are guilty. A: "You coddle Tommy way too much—you need to be stricter with him!" B: "Me? You give in to every demand he makes. Sheesh—physician, heal thyself!"
See also: heal, thyself

time heals all wounds

proverb Emotional pain lessens over time. I know it's hard to consider now, as you're grieving, but time heals all wounds. I'm sure you will reconcile with Kathleen eventually. After all, time heals all wounds.
See also: all, heal, time, wound


Wealthy. The foundation relies on big donations from well-heeled citizens.
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heal over

[for the surface of a wound] to heal. The wound healed over very quickly, and there was very little scarring. I hope it will heal over without having to be stitched.
See also: heal, over

heal someone of something

to cure someone's ailments. Are you the doctor who healed me of my wounds? Can any doctor heal us of a common cold?
See also: heal, of

heal up

[for an injury] to heal. The cut healed up in no time at all.
See also: heal, up

Physician, heal thyself.

Prov. Do not rebuke someone for a fault or problem you have yourself. (Biblical.) Ellen: You're such a spendthrift. You should go on a strict budget. Fred: But you manage money even worse than I do! Physician, heal thyself. Jane: You look like you're gaining weight. You should probably get more exercise. Alan: Physician, heal thyself. You're getting a little pudgy, too.
See also: heal, thyself


 and well-fixed; well-off
Fig. wealthy; with sufficient money. My uncle can afford a new car. He's well-heeled. Everyone in his family is well-off.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

physician, heal thyself

before attempting to correct others, make sure that you aren't guilty of the same faults yourself. proverb
This expression alludes to Luke 4:23: ‘And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country’.
See also: heal, thyself
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and well-heeled
1. mod. rich. His father died and left him pretty well-fixed.
2. and well-healed mod. alcohol intoxicated. You might say he is well-heeled. You might say he’s dead drunk, too.




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HEAL helps build cities where people can purchase healthy food and can walk, bike or use public transit to get to school, work and commerce.
To investigate the types of cracks that can be healed, different crack diameters (1 mm, 0.25 mm and l0[micro]m) were placed on the center of the matrix at different angles (30 degrees and 60 degrees).
In Jeremiah 3:22 and Hosea 14:4 God tells Israel he will "heal" their faithlessness (Hubbard, 1989)--to bring them salvation via a "therapy of love" (Mays, 1969, p.
Meador, Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine, and the Distortion of Christianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
The most compelling is this one: Not everyone is healed. This is the great stumbling block.
"If an athlete goes back to playing before the bone is healed, he's at risk for more injury, which may prolong healing," says Dahm.
Childhood sexual abuse is a topic that, while difficult to read about, is one that must be confronted by both its victims and those who help them to heal. This book is devoted to the journey women victims of childhood sexual abuse take during their healing process.
The only treatment, the only way trust can be restored and the patient begin to heal, is for the caregiver to acknowledge the error, take responsibility--and apologize.
The central belief is that God, who is the source of healing, continues to heal today through the church community, and endows spiritual gifts to individuals whom he uses as channels of his healing power.
The important examination of the Caribbean diaspora offers a significant way of interrogating these syncretic cultural spaces and the possibilities they allow for the transformation and re-expression of cultures as attempts to regain and heal history, memory and fragmented identities.
When the damage to the tendon is microscopic, akin to the fraying of a rope, the injury will often heal itself.
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As you know, the forthcoming conference on world mission and evangelism (9-16 May 2005, Athens) will have as its theme, "Come, Holy Spirit, Heal and Reconcile: Called in Christ to be Reconciling and Healing Communities".