Are you looking for some good health idioms to improve your English?
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In this post, we look at 47 idioms about health and talk about how to use them.
47 Health Idioms and Phrases (Meaning & Examples)
1. Alive And Kicking
- Meaning: Someone who is still full of energy and is very active. Usually despite health problems or old age.
- Use In A Sentence: Even though my grandma is 70 years old she is alive and kicking.
2. A Clean Bill Of Health
- Meaning: a written or an oral report that states a person is doing well physically.
- Use In A Sentence: After being anxious for 3 weeks, Cliff was relieved to receive a clean bill of health.
3. To Be As Fit As A Fiddle
- Meaning: to be strong and healthy.
- Use In A Sentence: My grandpa is 92 years old, but he is as fit as a fiddle.
4. To Be Back On One’s Feet
- Meaning: To be healthy again after a period of being sick.
- Use In A Sentence: After being homesick for 2 weeks, Tim is finally back on his feet.
5. To Break Out In A Cold Sweat
- Meaning: To suddenly begin to perspire, due to a strong emotion such as fear or anxiety.
- Use In A Sentence: I was so nervous I began to break out in a cold sweat.
6. To Go Under The Knife
- Meaning: To have a medical operation such as surgery.
- Use In A Sentence: Jill is nervous because she will go under the knife Thursday.
7. To Have One Foot In The Grave
- Meaning: To be very old/sick and thus be very close to dying.
- Use In A Sentence: She has one foot in the grave. She doesn’t look healthy and she isn’t eating very much.
8. Laughter Is The Best Medicine
- Meaning: Having a positive outlook on life or having a good time with friends is the best thing that can make you feel better both physically and mentally.
- Use In A Sentence: If you are sad, you need to spend some time with close friends. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
9. To Be Sick As A Dog
- Meaning: To be very sick.
- Use In A Sentence: Sorry, I haven’t been around lately, it is just that I have been sick as a dog.
10. To Be Sick And Tired
- Meaning: to be annoyed with something or someone.
- Use In A Sentence: Do you have any more bug spray? I am sick and tired of these bugs biting me.
11. To Black Out
- Meaning: To lose consciousness.
- Use In A Sentence: He blacked out after seeing the doctor draw blood from his brother’s arm.
12. To Be Sick To One’s Stomach
- Meaning: to feel nauseated or to want to throw up.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t feel very good after eating that burrito. What wrong? I feel sick to my stomach.
13. Vim And Vigor
- Meaning: To be full of energy; vitality.
- Use In A Sentence: There is nothing like a cold shower in the morning to start your day with a lot of vim and vigor.
14. To Be Under The Weather
- Meaning: A nice way to say someone isn’t feeling very good.
- Use In A Sentence: How’s Julie? She is at home, she is feeling a bit under the weather tonight.
15. To Be In (Good) Shape
- Meaning: To be in good physical form or condition.
- Use In A Sentence: James has been working out a lot lately. He is in the best shape of his life right now.
16. To Be Out Of Shape
- Meaning: To not be in good physical form or condition.
- Use In A Sentence: I can’t play football anymore, I am out of shape.
17. To Be On Borrowed Time
- Meaning: Somone who is living longer than anticipated or someone who avoided death. Usually used to refer to a person who is terminally ill or who was in a serious accident.
- Use In A Sentence: Julie said that she feels like she is living on borrowed time after being the only survivor of that car accident.
18. Full Of Beans
- Meaning: To be full of energy.
- Use In A Sentence: After two weeks of bed rest, he is back to normal. You couldn’t tell just a few days ago he was sick, because today he is full of beans.
19. To Catch A Cold
- Meaning: To become sick with the common cold.
- Use In A Sentence: Don’t go outside without a hat otherwise, you will catch a cold.
20. To Be On The Mend
- Meaning: To be healthy after a time of sickness or injury.
- Use In A Sentence: After being sick for two weeks, Amy is happy to be on the mend. Hopefully she will make a full recovery soon.
22. To Pass Out
- Meaning: To lose consciousness; to faint.
- Use In A Sentence: Some of the students on the track team passed out because of the extreme heat.
23. To Come Down With Something
- Meaning: To start feeling ill; usually we use it when we are starting to feel sick with a cold or the flu.
- Use In A Sentence: Sorry, I leave work early today, I think I am coming down with a cold.
24. To Feel Fresh As A Daisy
- Meaning: To feel really good with a lot of energy.
- Use In A Sentence: I woke up this morning feeling fresh as a daisy.
25. As Blind As A Bat
- Meaning: Someone who is not able to see very well.
- Use In A Sentence: Mark is as blind as a bat. He can’t even comb his hair without putting his glasses on first.
26. To Be On One’s Last Leg
- Meaning: to be near death. It can also mean to be about the collapse.
- Use In A Sentence: Today is a sad day. The vet told us our dog is one his last leg.
27. To Feel Blue
- Meaning: To be sad or depressed.
- Use In A Sentence: What wrong? I don’t know, I am just feeling kind of blue today.
28. To Kick The Bucket
- Meaning: slang for to die.
- Use In A Sentence: I hope Mr. Feeney doesn’t kick the bucket anytime soon. He is the best teacher at our school.
29. To Be Weak At The Knees
- Meaning: to feel like you are going to faint.
- Use In A Sentence: Just thinking about going to the doctor and having a medical procedure makes me weak in the knees.
30. Black And Blue
- Meaning: bruised either physically or mentally.
- Use In A Sentence: Cash was certain he would be black and blue in the morning. You don’t take that many hits without having some physical proof.
31. Bag Of Bones
- Meaning: used to describe someone who is extremely thin, usually because they are sick and not eating as much as they should.
- Use In A Sentence: When Tom finally decided to go to the doctor’s he was nothing but a bag of bones.
32. To Take A Turn For The Worse
- Meaning: when a person’s illness or injury becomes worse.
- Use In A Sentence: His father’s health quickly took a turn for the worse and he is now in the hospital.
33. To Take A Turn For The Better
- Meaning: when one starts to feel better or their health condition begins to improve.
- Use In A Sentence: We were worried about Emily, but the doctor told us today that she has taken a turn for the better.
34. To Have A Frog In One’s Throat
- Meaning: Not being able to speak clearly due to a sore throat: hoarseness.
- Use In A Sentence: Nicole was hoping to give the best speech of her career, but unfortunately as she began to speak, she develoepd a frog in her throat.
35. Land Of The Living
- Meaning: a funny way to say someone is still alive.
- Use In A Sentence: He was relieved to learn that she was still in the land of the living.
36. Hard Of Hearing
- Meaning: someone who can’t hear very well.
- Use In A Sentence: Despite her intentions to understand, the elderly woman couldn’t fully grasp the instructions because she is hard of hearing.
37. Pins And Needles
- Meaning: A tingling sensation in your body.
- Use In A Sentence: I don’t think I can play piano right now. My right arm is full of pins and needles.
38. To Pull Through
- Meaning: To survive a life-threatening event or to recover from a serious illness.
- Use In A Sentence: After spending two days in Intensive Care, he pulled through and is doing much better.
39. As Right As Rain
- Meaning: To be in good health.
- Use In A Sentence: After the doctor’s visit, Julie was happy to report she was as right as rain.
40. A Shiver Runs Down Someone’s Spine
- Meaning: A shudder felt in one’s back due to fear, worry, anxiety, or excitement.
- Use In A Sentence: I felt a shiver run down my spine when I thought about my doctor’s appointment tomorrow.
41. Spare Tire
- Meaning: used to refer to someone who is obese. Usually used to refer to someone obese or fat around the midsection (stomach).
- Use In A Sentence: He looks great after going on a diet. He lost that spare tire quick!
42. As Pale As A Ghost
- Meaning: used to describe someone who is really pale usually when they are ill or afraid of something.
- Use In A Sentence: James woke up looking pale as a ghost, we need to take him to the doctor.
43. To Bring Someone To
- Meaning: to help a person regain consciousness.
- Use In A Sentence: The medical staff worked hard to bring him to after he passed out.
44. Burn Out
- Meaning: To be extremely tired because of working too much.
- Use In A Sentence: Brian, you need to take a break before you burn yourself out.
45. Up And About
- Meaning: to be moving around freely, usually after being sick or suffering that didn’t allow the person to move freely.
- Use In A Sentence: It is good to see Paul up and about after being so sick the last couple days.
46. To Nurse Someone Back To Health
- Meaning: to help someone recover from being sick; to care for.
- Use In A Sentence: Don’t worry about your mom, Julie will be there to nurse her back to health.
47. Bundle Of Nerves
- Meaning: used to describe someone who is a very anxious or very nervous person.
- Use In A Sentence: David was a bundle of nerves until the test results came back.
There you have it! 47 Health Idioms. Did we miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments below.