give (someone or something) a clean bill of health

Definition of give (someone or something) a clean bill of health

:to officially say that someone is healthy or that something is working correctly
  • The doctor gave him a clean bill of health.
  • The governor gives the program a clean bill of health.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

clean play
  1. : free from dirt or pollution

  2. : free from contamination or disease

  3. : free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. : so as to clean

  2. : in a clean manner

  3. : all the way : completely

  1. : to make clean: such as

  2. : to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

  3. : to rid of corruption

  1. : an act of cleaning dirt especially from the surface of something

bill play
  1. : the jaws of a bird together with their horny covering

  2. : a mouthpart (such as the beak of a turtle) that resembles a bird's bill

  3. : the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

  1. : to touch and rub bill to bill (see 1bill 1)

  2. : to caress affectionately

  1. : a weapon in use up to the 18th century that consists of a long staff ending in a hook-shaped blade

  2. : billhook

  1. : an itemized list or a statement of particulars (such as a list of materials or of members of a ship's crew)

  2. : a written document or note

  3. : a formal petition

  1. : to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges)

  2. : to submit a bill (see 4bill 4a) of charges to

  3. : to enter (something, such as freight) in a waybill

health play
  1. : the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit

  2. : the general condition of the body

  3. : a condition in which someone or something is thriving or doing well : well-being


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