at death's door
- very near deathThe sales manager was at death's door after his heart attack.
back on one's feet
- physically healthy againMy mother is back on her feet after being sick for two weeks.
- to lose consciousness, to faint, to pass outThe football player blacked out after being hit by the other player.
break out in (something)
- to begin showing a rash or other skin disorderI broke out in a rash after eating the shrimp at the restaurant.
breathe one's last
- to dieThe man breathed his last after a long illness.
bring (someone) around
- to restore someone to health or consciousness, to cure someoneThe medical workers were able to bring the man around after the accident.
bring (someone) to
- to restore someone to consciousness after anesthesia/hypnosis/faintingWe tried hard to bring the woman to after the car accident.
catch a cold
- to get a coldI 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.
- an examination of a patient by a doctorI plan to have my annual check-up next week.
clean bill of health
- a report or certificate that a person or animal is healthyMy doctor gave me a clean bill of health when I visited him last month.
come down with (something)
- to become sick with something, to catch an illnessMy niece came down with a cold and was unable to visit me last week.
- a psychoanalyst or psychiatrist who puts his patients on a couch to talk to themThe man was sent to see a couch doctor because of his many problems.
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.
- to make someone bleed, to get blood from someoneThe doctor decided to draw blood from the patient in order to check his blood sugar level.
- to become sick or illThe man fell ill last winter and has not recovered yet.
feel on top of the world
- to feel very healthyI have been feeling on top of the world since I quit my job.
- 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.
- a sudden worsening of a health conditionThere was a flare-up of my father's sickness last week.
go under the knife
- to have an operation in surgeryThe woman went under the knife at the hospital last evening.
hang out one's shingle
- to open an office or business - especially in a professionThe doctor decided to hang out his shingle as soon as he finished medical school.
have a physical (examination)
- to get a medical check-upOur company sent all the employees to have a physical last week.
- a psychiatristThe man went to see a head shrinker after his recent problems at work.
just what the doctor ordered
- exactly what is needed or wantedA nice hot bath was just what the doctor ordered after my long day at work.
look the picture of health
- to be in good health, to look very healthyMy uncle looked the picture of health when I saw him last week.
on the mend
- becoming better, becoming well, healingMy grandfather is on the mend after he broke his leg last week.
- unconscious, to have faintedThe patient was out cold because of the anesthesia when he entered the operating room.
over the worst
- recovering from an illnessThe man is over the worst since his skiing accident last month.
- to recover from a serious illnessThe car accident was very bad and I do not think that the driver will pull through.
run a fever/temperature
- to have a higher than normal body temperatureThe girl has been running a fever this week.
The little boy is running a temperature and should stay in bed all day.
be run down
- to be in poor conditionMy father worked very hard last month and now he is run down.
run some tests
- to do some medical tests on a patientThe doctor decided to run some tests on the patient.
- a severe headacheI have been suffering from a splitting headache all morning.
take a sick day
- to be absent from work and still receive payI did not feel well yesterday so I decided to take a sick day.
take a turn for the worse
- to become sickerMy aunt took a turn for the worse last week and she is now in the hospital.
take (someone's) temperature
- to measure someone's body temperatureThe nurse took my temperature when I went to the hospital yesterday.
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.
- to vomitThe woman threw up after eating the bad shellfish.
under the weather
- not feeling wellMy boss has been under the weather all week and has not come to work during that time.