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a case of (something)

1. A bout of illness. My poor daughter has been sick all week with a case of the measles. A case of untreated rabies left me very close to death. If Lily has red spots all over her skin, she might have a case of chicken pox.
2. By extension, an occurrence of something. Liz usually loves to sing for an audience, so I think she's just got a case of nerves. This is clearly a case of political corruption. There's no other explanation for such a large sum of money being in the senator's account. Stop telling each other such silly things. I don't want one of you to get a case of the giggles in the middle of church!
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*case of something

1. an instance of something. (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) This is a case of police brutality. They should not have injured the suspect.
2. an occurrence of a disease. (*Typically: be ~; look like ~; treat ~.) I am suffering from a case of the flu.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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