bill of health


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bill of health

n. pl. bills of health
1. A certificate stating whether there is infectious disease aboard a ship or in a port of departure, given to the ship's master to present at the next port of arrival.
2. An attestation as to condition, especially a favorable one: gave the structure a clean bill of health in spite of its age.

bill of health

n
1. (Nautical Terms) a certificate, issued by a port officer, that attests to the health of a ship's company
2. clean bill of health informal
a. a good report of one's physical condition
b. a favourable account of a person's or a company's financial position

bill′ of health′


n.
a certificate attesting to the health of a ship's crew and the health conditions at the previous port.
Idioms:
clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness.
[1635–45]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bill of health - a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
certificate, credential, credentials, certification - a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
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permitted to land, though we showed a clean bill of health.
Still Dantes could not view without a shudder the approach of a gendarme who accompanied the officers deputed to demand his bill of health ere the yacht was permitted to hold communication with the shore; but with that perfect self-possession he had acquired during his acquaintance with Faria, Dantes coolly presented an English passport he had obtained from Leghorn, and as this gave him a standing which a French passport would not have afforded, he was informed that there existed no obstacle to his immediate debarkation.
I know he's asking an awful price," I interrupted, "and atop of it he wants an extra thousand for what he calls your clean bill of health.
After carrying out tests the doctors gave a clean bill of health as President Asif Ali Zardari is absolutely fine," said President's Spokesman Farhatullah Babar.
The Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said all Best in Breed winners at the world famous dog show in 2012 and at all the club's championship shows after that will need a clean bill of health from the event's vet before their award is confirmed and they are allowed to continue to compete in the final.
Mr Simpson said: "Obviously we are pleased with the overall clean bill of health, but there can be no room for complacency.
Mares' Hurdle winner Quevega, pictured, RSA Chase victor Cooldine and impressive Ballymore Novices' Hurdle scorer Mikael D'Haguenet have all been given a clean bill of health by the County Carlowhandler.
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Plato falls almost instantly for Emily (of course, they both need affidavits from each other's doctor ensuring a clean bill of health, first).
A clean bill of health for Boeing, by contrast, could lead the Pentagon to reinstate the original deal.
In a September Fox News Channel special, NEA President Reg Weaver said he was confident the association will come out with "a clean bill of health.
When they come in, we feel confident that they will go out the same way they did in 1999 and that is having the NEA have a clean bill of health.