Definition of bill of health in English:

bill of health


  • A certificate relating to the incidence of infectious disease on a ship or in the port from which it has sailed.

    • ‘The master of any vessel or aircraft which proceeds to a port of any of the signatory Governments is required to obtain at the port of departure and ports of call, a bill of health, in duplicate, issued in accordance with the information set forth in the appendix and adopted as the standard bill of health.’
    • ‘Any vessel leaving any port in the Philippine Islands for any port in the United States or its Dependencies shall obtain a bill of health from the quarantine officer when such officer is on duty.’
    • ‘I got the bill of health signed, but don't you forget deary-Quinn's binnacle list.’
    • ‘Vessels clearing from a foreign port to a port in the United States, or one of their dependencies, and touching at any port of the Canal Zone, or Panama or of Colon, Republic of Panama, shall not be required to obtain an additional bill of health under the quarantine rules and regulations of the Panama Canal.’
    • ‘The law also empowers Dr. Walter Wyman, the Supervising Surgeon- General, to send assistants abroad to all infected ports, who shall examine all immigrants and passengers about to come to this country, and grant each one a bill of health.’


  • a clean bill of health

    • A declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy or that something is in good condition.

      ‘a survey gave the property a clean bill of health’
      • ‘Logan apologized to the person he put in the hospital by his brutality, and now Logan is anxious for Dr. Balis to give him a psychological clean bill of health.’
      • ‘He recommended that you get a thorough physical from your doctor and have the doctor give you a ‘clean bill of health.’’
      • ‘A virtual clean bill of health in the City squad - Darren Edmondson, Stephen Brackstone and Gary Hobson are all making progress on the sidelines - was another cause for optimism.’
      • ‘Now water quality at the three southern ponds has been monitored and given a completely clean bill of health.’
      • ‘Our client said, ‘Attend a medical, if you get a clear bill of health you can come back’.’
      • ‘The report ended a nine-month clean bill of health in a nation that is home to about 13 billion poultry.’
      • ‘Simon Townsend, manager of the water monitoring branch, says the Territory's distinctive weather patterns could be one reason behind the clean bill of health.’
      • ‘The clean bill of health for Van der Westhuyzen was accompanied by a similar recovery for reserve fullback Gaffie du Toit, who has been battling with an upset stomach.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, the major banks are celebrating their clean bill of health.’
      • ‘The share price, he said, was ‘clearly at odds with the operational bill of health of the business’ and reflected softness in the tech sector.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Brian has not always had a full bill of health having undergone a total of 32 operations since birth.’
      • ‘But Allardyce says Wanderers deserve their clean bill of health for the effort they put into keeping their players at the peak of their fitness.’
      • ‘Although giving it a generally clean bill of health, 39 recommendations were made, many of which are wide-ranging.’
      • ‘A clean bill of health for Grant Hill next fall would be nice, just to restore some of the hope in what is a near-hopeless conference.’
      • ‘City's head of youth development, Paul Stancliffe, said the squad reported back with a near clean bill of health, with the exception of winger and third-year trainee Kieran Darlow, who has got a niggling back problem.’
      • ‘Whatever the decision of the committee, it is not going to increase public confidence when the bill of health is given by people who stand to benefit.’
      • ‘It has already been investigated and given a clean financial bill of health.’
      • ‘The data collected yesterday at ESA's European Space Operations Centre show that this delicate and risky manoeuvre proved harmless for all instruments on board and mission control specialists gave Huygens a perfect bill of health.’
      • ‘I knew I should have got a fairly clean bill of health because I'd run SpyBot last week, but I was still surprised by the result Microsoft kicked out, even after I'd updated to the latest definition files.’
      • ‘A clean bill of health this evening will be more of a hope than an expectation for Smith.’
      • ‘Astacio and Baldwin have had recent shoulder trouble but have been given clean bills of health.’
      • ‘Yesterday, I took Lolita to the vet to get a bill of health so I can fly with her on Friday up to Manhattan.’
      • ‘A clean bill of health is crucial, obviously.’
      • ‘Bryan smiled proudly and replied, ‘Yes, clean bill of health.’’
      • ‘We had a brief chat and I explained to him that his site had a clear bill of health (archaeologically speaking) and that he would get the report in the next few days.’
      • ‘The accounting procedures have gotten a clear bill of health following the long and intense investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office.’
      • ‘Traffic commissioner Beverley Bell ordered a review of the council's systems but an inspection by the freight transport association in February gave it a poor bill of health.’
      • ‘And in other aspects, Bradford fits the bill of health for good fertility levels, having the fewest fast food outlets compared to other cities surveyed and the fewest amount of pubs, with only eight per 100,000 population.’
      • ‘The commission actually gives British banks a fairly clean bill of health, generally praising their services and the availability of credit.’
      • ‘He may then give you a completely clean bill of health - or you might get a nasty shock.’
      • ‘A sage can explain impermanence but there is no lesson like a bad bill of health.’
      • ‘Lydia is given a cleaner bill of health and is not confined to bed.’
      • ‘So it is not giving you a totally clean bill of health.’
      • ‘A clean bill of health on Henderson's back is key, though.’