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❗ MEGAPACK ❗MEDICAL AND HEALTH IDIOMS - all very common!



COLD
✅ pick up a cold/influenza - to acquire an illness 
The boy picked up a cold during the weekend. 
✅ catch a cold - to get a cold 
I caught a cold last week and had to miss four days of work. 
✅ catch one's death of cold - to become very ill (with a cold/flu etc.) 
The little boy was told to be careful in the rain or he would catch his death of cold. 


GOOD HEALTH CONDITION
✅ alive and kicking - to be well and healthy 
My aunt is ninety years old and she is very much alive and kicking. 
✅ alive and well - to be well and healthy 
The worker was alive and well after the accident. 
✅ as fit as a fiddle - to be healthy and physically fit 
My grandfather is ninety years old but he is as fit as a fiddle. 
✅ feel fit - to feel well and healthy 
I feel fit so I plan to go for a long walk this weekend. 
✅ feel on top of the world - to feel very healthy 
I have been feeling on top of the world since I quit my job. 
✅ in the best of health - very healthy 
My father has been in the best of health for many years. 
✅ in good shape/condition - in good physical condition, functioning or working well 
My grandfather is in very good shape. 
✅ in the pink - in very good health 
My grandmother is in the pink and is doing very well. 
✅ look the picture of health - to be in good health, to look very healthy 
My uncle looked the picture of health when I saw him last week. 
✅ picture of health - a perfect example of health 
The man is feeling very well and is the picture of health. 
✅ up and about - healthy and moving around, not sick in bed 
My uncle has been up and about for a couple of days since he left the hospital.


POOR HEALTH CONDITION
✅ as pale as a ghost - extremely pale 
My grandfather was as pale as a ghost when he entered the hospital. 
✅ as pale as death - extremely pale 
The woman in the hospital waiting room was as pale as death. 
✅ at death's door - very near death 
The sales manager was at death's door after his heart attack. 
 ✅ black out - to lose consciousness, to faint, to pass out 
The football player blacked out after being hit by the other player. 
✅ breathe one's last - to die 
The man breathed his last after a long illness. 
✅ die a natural death - to die by disease or of old age and not by an accident or by violence 
My grandfather was very old and he died a natural death. 
✅ drop dead - to die suddenly 
The bus driver dropped dead while driving the bus. 
✅ a flare-up - a sudden worsening of a health condition 
There was a flare-up of my father's sickness last week. 
✅ green around the gills - to look sick 
My colleague was looking a little green around the gills when he came to work today. 
✅ have one foot in the grave - to be near death (usually because of old age or illness) 
My uncle is very sick and has one foot in the grave. 
✅ lapse into a coma - to go into a coma 
The woman lapsed into a coma soon after the accident. 
✅ out cold - unconscious, to have fainted 
The patient was out cold because of the anesthesia when he entered the operating room. 
✅ out of condition - not in good physical condition 
I am out of condition and I need to exercise more. 
✅ out of sorts - not feeling well, in a bad mood 
Our boss is out of sorts today so you should wait until tomorrow to speak to him. 
✅ pale around the gills - to look sick 
My colleague was looking a little pale around the gills when he came to work today. 
✅ pass away (Very Polite) - to die 
The man's father passed away when he was 96 years old. 
✅ pass on (very polite) - to die 
My grandmother passed on when she was 92 years old. 
✅ pass out - to faint 
Three teenage girls passed out at the rock concert. 
✅ show signs of an illness - to show indications or hints of an illness 
The man was beginning to show signs of some kind of illness. 
✅ sick in bed - to remain in bed while you are sick 
My father was sick in bed for three days last week. 
✅ run a fever/temperature - to have a higher than normal body temperature 
The girl has been running a fever this week. 
The little boy is running a temperature and should stay in bed all day. 
✅ take a turn for the worse - to become sicker 
My aunt took a turn for the worse last week and she is now in the hospital. 


RECOVERING (PROCESS)

✅ back on one's feet - physically healthy again 
My mother is back on her feet after being sick for two weeks. 
✅ bring (someone) around - to restore someone to health or consciousness, to cure someone 
The medical workers were able to bring the man around after the accident. 
✅ bring (someone) to - to restore someone to consciousness after anesthesia/hypnosis/fainting 
We tried hard to bring the woman to after the car accident. 
✅ get over (something) - to overcome a difficulty, to recover from an illness or shock 
The woman is having trouble getting over her father`s death. 
✅ get well - to become well, to become healthy again 
The boy was sick but now he is getting well. 
✅ in remission - a disease that seems to be getting better 
The cancer of my neighbor's mother has been in remission for several months. 
✅ nurse (someone) back to health - to give someone care to restore him or her to good health 
My mother spent several weeks with my grandmother trying to nurse her back to health. 
✅ over the worst - recovering from an illness 
The man is over the worst since his skiing accident last month. 
✅ pull through - to recover from a serious illness 
The car accident was very bad and I do not think that the driver will pull through. 
✅ take a turn for the better - to begin to improve or get well 
The medical condition of my uncle has recently taken a turn for the better. 


IDIOMS

✅ bitter pill to swallow - an unpleasant fact that one must accept 
Losing the election was a bitter pill to swallow for the candidate. 
 ✅ a dose of one's own medicine - the same treatment that one gives to others (usually this has a negative meaning) 
We gave the boy a dose of his own medicine after he bullied us. 
✅ get (something) out of one's system - to get rid of the desire to do something 
I went on a short holiday so that I could get travelling out of my system. 
✅ have foot-in-mouth disease - to embarrass oneself through a silly mistake 
The man has foot-in-mouth disease and is always saying stupid things. 
✅ hang out one's shingle - to open an office or business - especially in a profession 
The doctor decided to hang out his shingle as soon as he finished medical school. 
✅ just what the doctor ordered - exactly what is needed or wanted 
A nice hot bath was just what the doctor ordered after my long day at work. 
✅ kick a habit - to break or stop a bad habit 
The man used to smoke but he was able to kick the habit. 
✅ nothing but skin and bones - to be very thin or emaciated 
The young man was nothing but skin and bones when he returned from the long camping trip. 
✅ an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure - it is easier to prevent something bad than to deal with the results 
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and I decided to stay home and rest rather than go out in the cold with my sore throat. 
✅ rub salt in (someone's) wound - to deliberately make someone's unhappiness or shame or misfortune worse 
My supervisor rubbed salt in my wound when he continued to criticize me for my mistake.
✅ a taste of one's own medicine - the same treatment that one gives to others (usually this has a negative meaning) 
Our boss got a taste of his own medicine when people began to treat him badly like he treats others. 


BODY

✅ black-and-blue - bruised, showing signs of having been physically harmed 
My arm was black-and-blue after falling down the stairs. 
✅ break out in (something) - to begin showing a rash or other skin disorder 
I broke out in a rash after eating the shrimp at the restaurant. 
✅ flare up - to begin again suddenly (an illness or a disease) 
My mother's skin problem flared up when she started to use the new hand soap. 
✅ get a black eye - to get a bruise or darkened eye after being hit or after bumping into something 
The boy got a black eye when he fell in the playground. 
✅ kink in one's neck - a cramp in one's neck that causes pain 
I woke up this morning with a kink in my neck. 
✅ spit up (something) or spit (something) up - to throw something up, to vomit something 
The dog spit up the button that he had swallowed. 
✅ splitting headache - a severe headache 
I have been suffering from a splitting headache all morning. 
✅ susceptible to (something) - to easily get some kind of illness, to likely to become sick with something 
The young boy is very susceptible to getting a sore throat. 


MENTAL CONDITION (EMOTIONS)

✅ break down - to lose control of one's emotions, to have a nervous collapse 
The woman broke down while the lawyer questioned her at the trial. 
✅ break out in a cold sweat - to perspire from fever or anxiety 
I usually break out in a cold sweat when I have to make a speech. 
✅ bundle of nerves - a very nervous or anxious person 
The woman is a bundle of nerves after looking after her three children. 
✅ burn (oneself) out - to become very tired and almost sick from doing something for a long time or from working too hard 
After working long hours for many months the woman finally burned herself out. 


HOSPITAL

✅ check-up - an examination of a patient by a doctor 
I plan to have my annual check-up next week. 
✅ clean bill of health - a report or certificate that a person or animal is healthy 
My doctor gave me a clean bill of health when I visited him last month. 
✅ couch doctor - a psychoanalyst or psychiatrist who puts his patients on a couch to talk to them 
The man was sent to see a couch doctor because of his many problems. 
✅ draw blood - to make someone bleed, to get blood from someone 
The doctor decided to draw blood from the patient in order to check his blood sugar level. 
✅ fill a prescription - to get some medicine from a pharmacy (drug store) with the orders from a doctor 
The man went to the drug store to fill a prescription. 
✅ get a checkup - to receive a physical examination from a doctor 
I go to the doctor every year to get a checkup. 
✅ go under the knife - to have an operation in surgery 
The woman went under the knife at the hospital last evening. 
✅ have a physical (examination) - to get a medical check-up 
Our company sent all the employees to have a physical last week. 
✅ head shrinker - a psychiatrist 
The man went to see a head shrinker after his recent problems at work. 
✅ in surgery - undergoing surgery, doing surgery 
The patient was in surgery for several hours this morning. 
✅ on medication - taking medicine for a current medical problem 
The woman has been on medication for many years. 
✅ run some tests - to do some medical tests on a patient 
The doctor decided to run some tests on the patient. 
 ✅ take a sick day - to be absent from work and still receive pay 
I did not feel well yesterday so I decided to take a sick day. 
✅ take one's medicine - to swallow one's medicine 
The boy had to take his medicine before he went to bed. 
✅ take (someone's) pulse - to measure the beats of a person's pulse 
The doctor took the patient's pulse when she arrived at the hospital. 
✅ take (someone's) temperature - to measure someone's body temperature 
The nurse took my temperature when I went to the hospital yesterday.

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