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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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.
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At the end of last year Kayley underwent the risky heart surgery and the thriving toddler has now been given a clean bill of health.
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The pub chain reassured customers the problem had been "dealt with" and the boozer had a "clean bill of health".
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