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rest cure

a treatment for nervous disorders, consisting of a complete rest, usually combined with systematic diet, massage, etc., especially at a spa or sanitorium.
Origin of rest cure
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One week at the laundry and one week at "Sunnyside," alternating, as it were, between taking the waters and a rest cure.

  • What America needs is the "rest cure" that you hear so much about here.

  • It would be a rest cure; a very curious sort of rest, since we shall probably never cease bathing and talking and reading.

    Dodo's Daughter E. F. Benson
  • It was so exciting that Maude proposed stopping there for a rest cure!

  • If he had not her affairs to worry over, Africa would be giving him the rest cure he had expected.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • She said she was feeling tired, and was going to have a Friday to Monday rest cure.

    The Spinster Robert Hichens
  • Delia had long since emerged from her rest cure, but was still suffering severely from its after-effects.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • The idleness and seclusion of the rest cure may negative all efforts in that direction.

    Psychoanalysis Andr Tridon
  • Headquarters, he remarked many times, was a rest cure for anybody who wanted one.

    The Gray Mask Wadsworth Camp
  • I have ever been of a restless nature, and I am told this may operate as a rest cure.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley

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