Have you ever heard the phrase 'sick as a dog'? Even if you haven't heard it, it is commonly used by English speakers to tell that one is very sick. There are a lot of phrases, idioms to express one's sickness or health. In today's blog, we will check these idioms. It is better to get a pen and paper, as it is said, 'Spoken words fly, written words remain,'.
Alive And Kicking
Meaning: It means someone is in good health despite health problems.
Example: I had spinal surgery, but I’m alive and kicking!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Meaning: Eating healthy foods will keep one from needing to see a doctor.
Example: I usually have an apple for the snack. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, after all.
As fit as a fiddle
Meaning: To be healthy and physically fit.
Example: Despite many surgeries, she is as fit as a fiddle.
As pale as a ghost (death)
Meaning: Extremely pale.
Example: You look as pale as a ghost; you should see the doctor.
Back on one’s feet
Meaning: Physically healthy again.
Example: She is fortunately back on her feet after being seriously sick for the last months.
Be on the mend
Meaning: Be improving after an illness.
Example: I was hospitalized due to COVID-19, but now I’m back home, and I’m on the mend.
Meaning: Bruised, showing signs of having been physically harmed.
Example: My legs were black-and-blue after the car accident.
Meaning: To lose consciousness, to faint, to pass out.
Example: She blacks out whenever she sees blood.
Break out in (something)
Meaning: To begin showing a rash or other skin disorder.
Example: I break out in a rash if I eat peaches.
Break out in a cold sweat
Meaning: To perspire from fever or anxiety.
Example: After walking under the breeze, he broke out in a cold sweat.
Catch one’s death of cold
Meaning: To become very ill (with cold/flu etc.).
Example: If you keep wearing only a cardigan during winter, you will catch your death of cold.
Get a charley horse
Meaning: To develop a cramp in the arm or the leg.
Example: I suddenly got a charley horse and fell down during trekking.
Go Under the Knife
Meaning: Undergo surgery.
Example: I’m going under the knife because of the hernia in my neck.
Green around the gills
Meaning: To look sick.
Example: He looks a little green around the gills whenever he stays up late till 4 a.m.
Kink in one’s neck
Meaning: A cramp in one’s neck that causes pain.
Example: I woke up this morning with a kink in my neck.
Knock Someone For Six
Meaning: An illness (or perhaps bad news) that really affects somebody.
Example: The chronic cough knocked me for days.
Out Of Sorts
Meaning: A little unwell.
Example: They are a little out of sorts because of the flu.
Sick as a Dog
Meaning: Extremely ill.
Example: I was sick as a dog because I had to spend the night outside.
Under the weather
Meaning: Not feeling well.
Example: My grandpa was under the weather for the last days, we were very scared because he would be hospitalized again.