at death's door
- very near death
The Prime Minister was at death's door after suffering a serious stroke.
back on one's feet
- physically healthy again
My mother is back on her feet again after being sick with the flu for two weeks.
- lose consciousness, faint
The football player blacked out after being hit by the other player.
- begin showing a rash or other skin disorder
I broke out in a terrible rash after eating the raw shrimp at the restaurant.
breathe one's last
- to die
The man finally breathed his last after a long illness.
- restore to health or consciousness, cure
The medical workers were able to bring the man around after the accident.
- restore to consciousness, wake from sleep/anesthesia/hypnosis/fainting etc
The woman was brought to soon after the car accident.
catch a cold
- get a cold
I caught a bad cold last week and had to miss three weeks of work.
catch one's death of cold
- 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.
- a periodic inspection of a patient by a doctor
I went to have my annual check-up last week.
clean bill of health
- a report or certificate that a person or animal is healthy
The doctor gave me a clean bill of health when I visited him last month.
come down with
- become sick with, catch
My niece came down with a bad cold and was unable to visit me last week.
- a psychoanalyst who puts his patients on a couch
He was sent to see a couch doctor after his continued problems at work.
dose/taste of one's own medicine
- being treated in the same way as one treats others (usually a negative meaning)
Our boss got a taste of his own medicine when people began to ignore him as he had always done to them.
- make someone bleed, get blood from someone
The doctor decided to draw some blood from the patient to check up on his blood sugar level.
- become sick or ill
The man fell ill last winter and has not recovered yet.
feel on top of the world
- feel very healthy
I have been feeling on top of the world since I quit my job.
- to begin again suddenly (illness etc)
My mother's skin problems flared up when she started to use the new laundry soap.
- a sudden worsening of a health condition
His arthritus usually flares up every winter.
go under the knife
- be operated on in surgery
His wife went under the knife at the hospital last evening.
hang out one's shingle
- give public notice of the opening of a doctor's office etc
The doctor decided to hang up his shingle as soon as he finished medical school.
have a physical (examination)
- get a medical check-up
Our company sent all the employees to have a physical last week.
- a psychiatrist
The man was told to go and see a head shrinker after he threatened the woman in the store several times.
just what the doctor ordered
- exactly what is needed or wanted
A nice hot bath was just what the doctor ordered.
look the picture of health
- be in good health
My uncle was looking the picture of health when I saw him last week.
on the mend
- healing, becoming better
My grandfather is on the mend after he broke his leg last week.
- unconscious, in a faint
As soon as the patient entered the operating room he was out cold because of the anesthesia.
over the worst
- recovering from an illness
My brother is over the worst since his skiing accident last month.
- recover from a serious illness
The car accident was very bad and I don't think that the driver will pull through.
run a temperature
- have a higher than normal body temperature
The little boy is running a temperature and should stay in bed all day.
- get into poor condition
He was working very hard last month and has become very run down.
run some tests
- a doctor does some medical tests on a patient
The doctor has decided to run some tests on the patient.
- a severe headache
I have been suffering from a splitting headache all morning.
take a turn for the worse
- become sicker
My aunt took a turn for the worse last week and is still in the hospital.
take someone's temperature
- measure someone's body temperature
The nurse took my temperature when I went to the hospital yesterday.
The woman threw up several times after eating the bad shellfish.
under the weather
- not feeling well
My boss has been feeling under the weather all week and has not come to work during that time.
Idiom Quizzes - Medical
Choose an idiom at the bottom to replace the expression in the brackets below: 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
Answer (c) at death's door
After walking home in the rain I (became sick with) a cold.
(a) broke out in (b) came down with (c) took a turn for the worse with (d) blacked out with
Answer (b) came down with
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
Answer (a) back on his feet
Our secretary has been working too 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
Answer (d) becoming run down
Although the man was very sick I think that he will (recover).
(a) run a temperature (b) throw up (c) pull through (d) flare up
Answer (c) pull through
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
Answer (b) had a physical
After eating the seafood at the food court the man began to (vomit).
(a) throw up (b) pull through (c) flare up (d) break out
Answer (a) throw up
The man was forced to (go to a psychiatrist) after he killed the two women.
(a) go to a head shrinker(b) go under the knife (c) breathe his last (d) pull through
Answer (a) go to a head shrinker
The trainer was quickly able to (restore to consciousness) the boxer who had fainted and fell to the floor.
(a) throw up (b) pull through (c) bring to (d) black out
Answer (c) bring to
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
Answer (d) took a turn for the worse