sick


sick
sick1 W3S1 [sık] adj
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1¦(ill)¦
2 be sick
3 feel sick
4 make me/you sick
5 make somebody/yourself sick
6 be sick (and tired) of (doing) something
7 be worried sick/be sick with worry
8¦(strange/cruel)¦
9 sick at heart
10 sick as a parrot
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[: Old English; Origin: seoc]
1.) ¦(ILL)¦
especially AmE suffering from a disease or illness
His mother's very sick.
Maria can't come in today because she's sick.
a sick child
a sick animal
sick with
I have been sick with flu.
get sick
(=become ill) AmE
At the last minute I got sick and couldn't go.
be off sick
BrE ; be out sick
AmE (=be away from work or school because you are ill)
Two of his employees were out sick.
I was off sick for four days with the flu.
phone/ring/call in sick
(=phone to say you are not coming to work because you are ill)
He was upset because it was the first day of the sale and Astrid had called in sick.
What will happen to the business if you fall sick (=become ill) or die?
He took sick (=became ill) and died a week later.
Pete's at home in bed, sick as a dog (=very sick) .
2.) be sick
if you are sick, the food in your stomach comes up through your mouth
= ↑vomit, throw up ↑throw up
I think I'm going to be sick.
He dashed to the bathroom and was sick again.
The cat's been sick on the carpet.
You'll be sick if you eat any more of that chocolate!
I was violently sick (=suddenly and severely sick) the last time I ate prawns.
3.) feel sick also be/feel sick to your stomach AmE
to feel as if you are going to ↑vomit
As soon as the ship started moving I began to feel sick.
feel sick with
Mary felt sick with fear.
She began to shiver, feeling sick to her stomach .
Virginia had a sick feeling in her stomach.
→↑carsick, seasick,travel-sick attravel sickness
4.) make me/you sick
spoken
a) to make you feel very angry
People like you make me sick!
b) spoken to make someone feel jealous - used humorously
You make me sick with your 'expenses paid' holidays!
5.) make sb/yourself sick
BrE
a) if something makes you sick, it makes you bring food up from your stomach through your mouth
The smell of blood made him sick.
b) if you make yourself sick, you do something to bring food up from your stomach through your mouth
I've never been able to make myself sick.
You'll make yourself sick if you eat any more!
6.) be sick (and tired) of (doing) sth also be sick to death of sth
spoken to be angry or bored with something that has been happening for a long time
I'm sick and tired of your excuses.
I am sick of working for other people.
7.) be worried sick/be sick with worry
to be extremely worried
Why didn't you tell me you were coming home late? I've been worried sick!
8.) ¦(STRANGE/CRUEL)¦
a) someone who is sick does things that are strange and cruel, and seems mentally ill
I keep getting obscene phone calls from some sick pervert.
You're sick!
a sick mind
b) sick stories, jokes etc deal with death and suffering in a cruel or unpleasant way
I don't want to hear any of your sick jokes , thank you.
That's really sick !
9.) sick at heart
literary very unhappy, upset, or disappointed about something
I was sick at heart to think that I would never see the place again.
10.) sick as a parrot
BrE spoken extremely disappointed - used humorously
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WORD CHOICE: sick, throw up, vomit, ill, not well, unwell
In British English, sick is usually used in the expressions be sick (=have the food in your stomach come up through your mouth) and feel sick (=feel as if this is going to happen) : Someone had been sick on the floor. | Stop it, I feel sick!
In American English, you say that someone throws up . Throw up is also used in British English but is fairly informal.
Vomit is a fairly formal way to say 'throw up'.
If someone has an illness or disease, you usually say that they are ill in British English, and sick in American English : He missed a lot of school when he was ill (BrE)/sick (AmE) .
In American English, ill suggests you have a more serious disease, from which you may not recover.
If someone is slightly ill, you often say in British English that they are not well : I won't come out - I'm not very well.
Unwell is a more formal word for 'ill' or 'sick'.
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sick 2
sick2 n
1.) the sick
people who are ill
The sick and wounded were allowed to go free.
They devoted their lives to the care of the sick.
2.) [U] BrE informalvomit
The phone box smelt of sick.
sick 3
sick3 v
sick up [sick sth<=>up] phr v
to bring up food from your stomach - used especially of children
American Equivalent: vomit up
Ruth had frequently sicked up her bottle milk.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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