bill of health

noun phrase

1
: a certificate given to the ship's master at the time of leaving port that indicates the state of health of a ship's company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases
2
: a usually favorable report following an examination or investigation
gave the criticized textbook a clean bill of health

Examples of bill of health in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That meeting came about six weeks before Biden’s most recent annual physical exam performed by O’Connor, a checkup that gave him a clean bill of health. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 8 July 2024 Sudo’s doctor has given her a clean bill of health. Matt Fuchs, TIME, 3 July 2024 Only those with a green code—a clean bill of health—could enter subways, malls, and other public spaces. Ashish Jha, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2021 Eligible dogs would need to be clinically healthy, aged between 1 and 8 years old, weighing at least 25 kilograms (55 pounds), fully vaccinated and with a clean bill of health. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 28 June 2024 The kinds of performances leading the Mecca of basketball to believe things might just be alright once there’s a clean bill of health at Madison Square Garden. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 19 Mar. 2024 In a video shared by ZSL — the Zoological Society of London — wildlife veterinarians used stethoscopes to check each mouse’s heart and lungs, and the mice received a clean bill of health before their release. Sarah Raza, Washington Post, 14 June 2024 If the Knicks have retained their status as a top-four seed largely without their entire starting front court available, what’s on the table when there’s a clean bill of health? Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 19 Mar. 2024 But despite its clean bill of health and demonstrable unity, NATO faces a thicket of thorny issues, and discussions in Madrid will only just begin to address them. Charles A. Kupchan, Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bill of health was in 1644

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“Bill of health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bill%20of%20health. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

bill of health

noun
: a duly authenticated certificate of the state of health of a ship's company and of a port with regard to infectious diseases that is given to the ship's master at the time of leaving the port
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