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be taken ill

To become ill or unwell, especially quickly or unexpectedly. Mrs. Smith was taken ill last night and an ambulance had to be called to bring her to the hospital. I was taken ill after someone spiked my drink with alcohol.
See also: ill, taken
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SIR -- I beg to inform you that I was yesterday called into a neighbor's in Vauxhall Walk to attend a young lady who had been suddenly taken ill.
She was not taken ill, so far as appeared, in this house.
It was the first time she had entered this room since her husband had been taken ill, and the servant had chosen not to open the shutters.
It may have been that he was too bright a genius to live long, or it may have been that he took some pernicious substance into his bill, and thence into his maw--which is not improbable, seeing that he new-pointed the greater part of the garden-wall by digging out the mortar, broke countless squares of glass by scraping away the putty all round the frames, and tore up and swallowed, in splinters, the greater part of a wooden staircase of six steps and a landing--but after some three years he too was taken ill, and died before the kitchen fire.
My Lady went out, Sir Leicester, before you were taken ill, and don't know of your illness yet.
But on the sixth day, when the coachman came back without him, she felt that now she was utterly incapable of stifling the thought of him and of what he was doing there, just at that time her little girl was taken ill.
Give him his books to read for his degree, and, strong as he is, he will be taken ill at the sight of them.
Crooks was taken ill, and in the morning was still more incompetent to travel.
Mr Allworthy had been engaged to dine with Mr Western at the time when he was taken ill.
Rook and her husband should occupy the bedroom next to mine, so that I might have her near me in case of my being taken ill in the night.
The Ayah had been taken ill in the night, and it was because she had just died that the servants had wailed in the huts.
I was lunching here to-day and attended one of the waiters who was taken ill afterwards.
The servant, who saw only that Miss Marianne was taken ill, had sense enough to call one of the maids, who, with Mrs.
The open door showed him standing before the fire with his back towards it, and looking so very strange that Kit supposed he must have been suddenly taken ill.
After a fatiguing day spent in continual fancies, in joyful day-dreams and tears, Pulcheria Alexandrovna was taken ill in the night and by morning she was feverish and delirious.