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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

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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Repeatedly, God is shown to be sovereign over restoration and healing, and over sickness and death as evidenced in Genesis 20:17, "Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech." Later, God has Israel recite the curses for failing to follow God's commands, "The LORD will smite you with the boils of Egypt, and with the ulcers and the scurvy and the itch, of which you cannot be healed" (Deuteronomy 28:27-8).
There are two stories in Luke about lepers who are healed by Jesus: a leprous individual at 5:12-16 and the ten lepers at 17:11-19.
The child is not healed. The seemingly arbitrary grace of healing is one of its problems.
(8) Stuart C Bate, 'The Mission to Heal in a Global Context", International Review of Mission, Vol.
Harlan Jane Eagleton is ordinary in the way that every black woman is--that is, not ordinary at all, but a compelling testament to the human ability to transcend loss and to heal old wounds, in the self and in others.
These women, like the first woman whom Jesus healed, had ministered to him (15:40-41), and like the "unclean" woman, had followed after him.
Duodenal ulcers are the most common type, tend to be smaller than stomach ulcers, and heal more quickly.
Jesus sent them out to do as he did, namely, "to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal," giving them "power and authority over all demons ...
(46.) Francis MacNutt, The Prayer That Heals: Praying for Healing in the Family (Notre Dame, Ind.: Ave Maria, 1981), 61; MacNutt was laicized following his marriage to Judith Sewell in 1980.
Healers weigh this patient right with their own need to help or heal those who are ill.
Reverse staging is based on the misconception that a stage IV pressure ulcer, for example, becomes a stage III, then a stage II wound as it heals. But as wound healing progresses, original tissue types (skin, subcutaneous tissue, muscle) are replaced with granulation tissue and new epithelium.
Healing is a problem of human love and nurturance....I think the hospital of the future will say that it heals everyone who comes through its doors.
Unless the wound heals, antibiotics will eventually fail, infection will develop, and further amputation will become inevitable.
In Galilee, which in Mark represents the place where God heals and restores, Jesus' followers are empowered by the Spirit to serve (cf.
"God heals through prayer today", wrote one of the groups in Ghana.