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rest cure

a treatment for nervous disorders, consisting of a complete rest, usually combined with systematic diet, massage, etc., especially at a spa or sanitorium.
Origin of rest cure
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What right had I, in this sweet place divinely fit to be a rest-cure for goddesses tired of the social diversions of Olympus?

    The Motor Maid Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • I'm coming to Egypt for a rest-cure, because I don't have to learn its history.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • His friends said that he had a nervous breakdown; they sent him to a rest-cure.

    Fortitude Hugh Walpole
  • For one desiring a rest-cure the method may be recommended confidently.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • It is a healthful sign that the rest-cure is fast going out of style.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • The rondy was hardly a spot to which one would have resorted for a rest-cure.

  • Ireland, a little exhausted by her intense efforts of the last thirty years, does assuredly need a rest-cure from agitation.

  • Anybody could go to a home for nervous patients for a rest-cure.

    The Twilight of the Souls Louis Couperus
  • It would seem such an unusual and unexpected termination to a rest-cure.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • Tut I What terrible ways we're getting into, just when I'm proposing the place as a rest-cure.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
British Dictionary definitions for rest-cure


a rest taken as part of a course of medical treatment, as for stress, anxiety, etc
an easy undemanding time or assignment: usually used with a negative: it's no rest-cure, I can assure you
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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