picture of health

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picture of health

One who is or looks especially healthy, robust, of full of vitality. My grandmother is nearly 70 and smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, but somehow she's still the picture of health. It's amazing how having a bit of a tan can make someone a picture of health.
See also: health, of, picture

picture of (good) health

in a very healthy condition. The doctor says I am the picture of good health. Each of the children is the picture of health.
See also: health, of, picture

the picture of health


a picture of health

If someone is the picture of health or a picture of health, they look very healthy. He lay propped on pillows, looking the picture of health, his skin tanned, his jaw firm. Today, Ryan Carroll is a picture of health. Note: Other words can be used instead of health to emphasize how someone looks. He was hardly a picture of elegance. Day after day she came and sat with us and looked a picture of misery.
See also: health, of, picture

picture of health, the

A model of well-being. This complimentary description has been around since the late eighteenth century. Jane Austen used it in Emma (1815): “One hears sometimes of a child being ‘the picture of health.’”
See also: of, picture
References in classic literature ?
Why, I saw her--I think it was a week ago--walking along Canal Street, the picture of health, it seemed to me.
His face, besides being the picture of health, had in it the most apparent marks of sweetness and good-nature.
You would think my wife the picture of health if you looked at her, and yet, so delusive are appearances, I am obliged to forbid her all excitement.
Lady Bertram, sunk back in one corner of the sofa, the picture of health, wealth, ease, and tranquillity, was just falling into a gentle doze, while Fanny was getting through the few difficulties of her work for her.
We met and passed many young Indian women, riding by two or three together on the same horse: they, as well as many of the young men, were strikingly handsome, -- their fine ruddy complexions being the picture of health.
Lack of facilities at Civil Hospital paint dismal picture of health sector
Surely that 67-year-old picture of health and virility was six times a night-ing it with a young blonde hairdresser as any self-respecting rocker would be just before launching a new tour.
Football hero PAUL GASCOIGNE, 48, is a picture of health on breakfast telly following a recent alcohol relapse.
Songs such as See Us There, Both and Picture Of Health were nothing short of magnificent, with frontman Robert Canavan's emotive and very Scottish vocals soaring over the top of the band's brilliantly realised blend of melody and noise.
But all he needs is a wash and a decent night's sleep and he'll be the picture of health.
Gazza looks a clear-eyed picture of health in a photo he posted on Twitter, telling his followers that his friend Runar is a great hairdresser, according to the report.
com/saintmaxmusic Campfires in Winter Picture of Health EP THE Croy fourpiece follow in the wellyprints of The Twilight Sad and Frightened Rabbit.
Violet was a picture of health - but weeks later she was gone 2.
The picture of health was first published in 2003 and describes, in non-technical language, the latest developments in health research in ireland supported by the hrb.
2007 Twins Lucky and Bambi looked the picture of health in Cramlington.