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Medical Idioms

Medical Idioms


 

 

 


Medical

at death's door

- very near death

The sales manager was at death's door after his heart attack.

back on one's feet

- physically healthy again

My mother is back on her feet after being sick for two weeks.

black out

- to lose consciousness, to faint, to pass out

The football player blacked out after being hit by the other player.

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.

breathe one's last

- to die

The man breathed his last after a long illness.

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.

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.

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.

come down with (something)

- to become sick with something, to catch an illness

My niece came down with a cold and was unable to visit me last week.

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.

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.

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.

fall ill

- to become sick or ill

The man fell ill last winter and has not recovered yet.

feel on top of the world

- to feel very healthy

I have been feeling on top of the world since I quit my job.

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.

a flare-up

- a sudden worsening of a health condition

There was a flare-up of my father's sickness last week.

go under the knife

- to have an operation in surgery

The woman went under the knife at the hospital last evening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

on the mend

- becoming better, becoming well, healing

My grandfather is on the mend after he broke his leg last week.

out cold

- unconscious, to have fainted

The patient was out cold because of the anesthesia when he entered the operating room.

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.

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.

be run down

- to be in poor condition

My father worked very hard last month and now he is run down.

run some tests

- to do some medical tests on a patient

The doctor decided to run some tests on the patient.

splitting headache

- a severe headache

I have been suffering from a splitting headache all morning.

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 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.

take (someone's) temperature

- to measure someone's body temperature

The 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.

throw up

- to vomit

The woman threw up after eating the bad shellfish.

under the weather

- not feeling well

My boss has been under the weather all week and has not come to work during that time.


Idiom Quizzes - Medical

    Choose an idiom to replace the expression in the brackets:

  1. When we arrived at the scene of the car accident the driver was (near death).

    (a) hanging out his shingle (b) drawing blood (c) at death's door (d) going under the knife


     

  2. After walking home in the rain I (became sick) with a cold.

    (a) broke out (b) came down (c) took a turn for the worse (d) blacked out


     

  3. My father is (healthy again) after his recent illness.

    (a) back on his feet (b) under the weather (c) breathing his last (d) having a physical


     

  4. Our secretary has been working very hard and is (getting into poor condition).

    (a) over the worst (b) getting a splitting headache (c) back on her feet (d) becoming run down


     

  5. Although the man is very sick I think that he will (recover).

    (a) run a temperature (b) throw up (c) pull through (d) flare up


     

  6. I went to the doctor last week and (got a medical check-up).

    (a) ran a temperature (b) had a physical (c) felt on top of the world (d) went under the knife


     

  7. After eating the seafood at the small restaurant the man began to (vomit).

    (a) throw up (b) pull through (c) flare up (d) break out


     

  8. The man was forced to (go to a psychiatrist) after he began to act crazy at work.

    (a) go to a head shrinker (b) go under the knife (c) breathe his last (d) pull through


     

  9. The trainer was able to (restore the boxer to consciousness) after he fainted and fell to the floor.

    (a) throw the boxer up (b) pull the boxer through (c) bring the boxer to (d) black the boxer out


     

  10. Last night my grandmother (became sicker).

    (a) went under the knife (b) felt on top of the world (c) breathed her last (d) took a turn for the worse



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