Living in the Covid era, it’s important to keep healthy and stay away from the virus. Here are some idioms about health that will not only serve as a reminder, but will also bring your writing to life.
Fit as a fiddle
Meaning: In very good health.
Example: Benny has been as fit as a fiddle lately because he exercises everyday and cooks his own meals.
Alive and kicking
Meaning: Healthy and very active.
Example: My grandmother is very much alive and kicking despite having just turned 90.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Meaning: If one eats healthy, one will not get sick and will visit the doctor less often.
Example: Grandma always fed us lots of healthy food when we visited her. She believed that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
A bitter pill to swallow
Meaning: An unpleasant or painful necessity to accept.
Example: Losing the game was a bitter pill to swallow for the players that had been training so hard.
A picture of health
Meaning: Very healthy
Example: Look at Sandy with her tan and athletic body, she is a picture of health.
A clean bill of health
Meaning: A declaration or confirmation that someone is healthy, or that something is in good condition.
Example: My dog got a clean bill of health at the vet today so thankfully, I can fly with her on Friday.
Just what the doctor ordered
Meaning: To be very beneficial or desirable under the circumstances.
Example: I decided that a little nap was just what the doctor ordered.
Out of shape
Meaning: In poor physical condition or unfit.
Example: Johnny was overweight and out of shape before joining the gym last year.
On the mend
Meaning: Improving or recovering.
Example: Don’t overwork yourself, your health is still on the mend
Meaning: A product or policy of little actual value that is promoted as the solution to a problem.
Example: Some say this new remedy is nothing but snake oil.
Skin and bone
Meaning: To be very thin.
Example: When we found our dog Penny on the street, she was only skin and bone and obviously very ill.
A spring in one’s step
Meaning: A happy, energetic, and excited mood or manner, as indicated by the carefree way in which one walks.
Example: Joe’s been walking with a spring in his step ever since he found out he was getting a promotion.
A new lease on life
Meaning: A substantially improved prospect of life; an occasion in which you become more energetic or active than before
Example: The kidney transplant gave Claire a new lease on life.
To have a frog in one’s throat
Meaning: To lose one’s voice or find it hard to speak because of hoarseness.
Example: Venus is drinking hot water with honey and lemon because she has a frog in her throat.
Under the weather
Meaning: To feel slightly unwell or in low spirits.
Example: I felt a bit under the weather so I decided to stay in bed this morning.