Luckily, it was merely a fainting spell, not a heart attack or stroke.
On both occasions, fainting fits ensued in foreign ministries across the continent.
We will seek out our fainting couches if the president dares forget the first name of one of his sacred interrogators.
Despite a spate of fainting in the U.K., the film still managed to stay atop the box office.
As the president neared the end of his remarks, a young woman beside him began to wobble, on the verge of fainting.
The women were all screaming, wailing, weeping and fainting.
And then he had to spring and catch the fainting woman in his arms.
She threw herself in his arms, fainting; but after a moment she recovered.
Thither the angels carry her, lying back in their arms like one fainting.
It hardly reassured them to hear that it was only a fainting fit.
c.1300, "wanting in courage," now mostly in faint-hearted (mid-15c.), from Old French feint "soft, weak, sluggish," past participle of feindre "hesitate, falter, be indolent, show weakness, avoid one's duty by pretending" (see feign). Sense of "weak, feeble" is early 14c. Meaning "producing a feeble impression upon the senses" is from 1650s.
"grow weak" (c.1300); "lose heart" (mid-14c.); see faint (adj.). Sense of "swoon" is c.1400. Related: Fainted; fainting.
An abrupt, usually brief loss of consciousness; an attack of syncope. adj.
Extremely weak; threatened with syncope.