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Get a Clean Bill of Health

When someone or something gets a clean bill of health, he, she or it is declared to be in a good or healthy state. Look at the following news headlines which contain the English idiom to get a clean bill of health:

Najib gets clean bill of health
- thestar.com.my, 21 March 2012, Raya Blues
Charity law system gets a clean bill of health
- ncvo-vol.org.uk, 16 May 2012, NCVO
Europe’s beaches get a clean bill of health
- timesofmalta.com, 27 May 2012, AFP

In these headlines, a person, a legal system and beaches all
get a clean bill of health. In other words, they have been declared to be in a healthy or good state by either a medical professional or a knowledgable/authoritative body.
Which of the following English idioms could, on the other hand, be used to refer to someone or something that is
in an unhealthy or bad state? Would these idioms be used to talk about people or things?

a) to be on his/her/its last legs
b) to be run-down
c) to be below par
d) to be a bad egg

For the
correct answer and examples of all of the idioms above, click here.

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