bill of health

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bill of health a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bill of health a certificate from the proper authorities as to the state of health of a ship's company at the time of her leaving port.
    • Bill of health See under Bill.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bill of health an official certificate of the state of health on board ship before sailing
    • ***

Idioms

Clean bill of health - If something or someone has a clean bill of health, then there's nothing wrong; everything's fine.
***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Low L. billa, from L. bulla, anything round, a knob, a seal appended to a charter, hence a document bearing a seal, &c. See Bull, an edict.

Usage

In literature:

The Rectory has had a clean bill of health for some time past.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Yet they gave it a clean bill of health and put it up for trading rights auction.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
Outwardly his bill of health is clean.
"The Lighted Match" by Charles Neville Buck
I had now only to procure a bill of health, when I should have papers enough for a man-o'-war.
"Voyage of the Liberdade" by Captain Joshua Slocum
And the rest of the stock he finally gave a clean bill of health.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
You want a bill of health so you can go back to that little hussy in Cripple Creek!
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
From Smyrna he sailed in a vessel with a foul bill of health to Venice, where he became an inmate of a lazaretto.
"Amos Huntingdon" by T.P. Wilson
Life consists of paying bills as long as you have health; Woman?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
We are to be ready to return with him, as he has secured the necessary bill-of-health for us.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
He develops a perverted look at life, and a bad bill of moral health.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
***

In poetry:

Happiness
Is a clean bill of health from the doctor,
And the kids shouldn't move back home for
more than a year,
And not being audited, overdrawn, in Wilkes-Barre,
in a lawsuit or in traction.
"Happiness (Reconsidered)" by Judith Viorst

In news:

PORTLAND — More than 500 people could lose their only source of health care if an India Street clinic can't soon find a way to pay its bills.
Dillon Gee gets clean bill of health.
Some of the millions of Americans who lack health insurance are turning to their religious faith to pay their medical bills.
Public health officials are looking to a proposed bill that would amend the California Health and Safety Code to help reduce the number of Humboldt County parents who opt out of some or all immunizations for their kindergartners.
A San Bernardino County couple, saddled with $140,000 in unpaid medical bills, accuse a unit of HealthMarkets of misrepresenting their health plan benefits.
A Topeka health care organization is suing the City of Topeka and Shawnee County to pay the medical bills of a convicted kidnapper .
The village of Vinton and Keep Vinton Beautiful will have its 6th annual Community Health & Wellness Fair and a Fun Walk this Saturday at Bill Childress Elementary school.
Bill Berger of Columbia Station and Jenalle Schlegel of Mentor take a break from work on the $128 million ex´ pansion project at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.
The state Department of Health should do it now, and worry about who foots the bill later.
(AP) — A bill passed by the Michigan Senate would allow health care providers could use a " moral objection" or "matter of conscience" standard to refuse service to patients.
(AP) — A bill passed by the Michigan Senate would allow health care providers could use a "moral objection " or "matter of conscience" standard to refuse service to patients.
Senate debates an ' opt-out ' of federal health care bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters in San Francisco today that the health care bill she passes out of the House will contain a version of the much-debated a public option .
"Bill" Otto , 79, La Crosse, formerly of Stevens Point, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hillview Health Care Center in La Crosse, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia.
The House of Representatives failed to override the president's veto of the 2008 spending bill for labor, health, and education last night, as Senate leaders began drafting a compromise.
***