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clean bill of health

noun
1.
a certificate of health attesting the lack of a contagious disease, as on a ship.
2.
an assurance, as by a doctor, that one is in good health.
3.
Also, clean bill. an assurance, especially an official verdict by a committee, that a group or an individual has proved, under investigation, to be morally sound, fit for office, etc.

Origin:
1850–55

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bill of health

noun
1.
a certificate, carried by a ship, attesting to the presence or absence of infectious diseases among the ship's crew and at the port from which it has come.
Idioms
2.
clean bill of health, an attestation of fitness or qualification; a commendation: The investigating committee gave him a clean bill of health.

Origin:
1635–45

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bill of health
 
n
1.  a certificate, issued by a port officer, that attests to the health of a ship's company
2.  informal clean bill of health
 a.  a good report of one's physical condition
 b.  a favourable account of a person's or a company's financial position

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bill of health n.

  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.

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clean bill of health definition


To “get a clean bill of health” is to be told by some authoritative source, generally a doctor, that one is perfectly healthy. The phrase is sometimes used figuratively to indicate that a person or organization has been found free of any sort of irregularity: “After looking into her financial background, the Senate gave the nominee a clean bill of health.”

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