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
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