give (someone or something) a clean bill of health

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

  1. :  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

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

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

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

cleanplay
  1. :  free from dirt or pollution

    :  free from contamination or disease

    :  free or relatively free from radioactivity

  1. :  so as to clean

    :  in a clean manner

    :  all the way :  completely

  1. :  to make clean: such as

    :  to rid of dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter

    :  to rid of corruption

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

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

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

    :  the point of an anchor fluke — see anchor illustration

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

    :  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

    :  billhook

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

    :  a written document or note

    :  a formal petition

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

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

    :  to enter (as freight) in a waybill

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

    :  freedom from physical disease or pain

    :  the general condition of the body


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