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a treatment for nervous disorders, consisting of a complete rest, usually combined with systematic diet, massage, etc., especially at a spa or sanitorium.
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Origin of rest cure
First recorded in 1885–90
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How to use rest cure in a sentence
What America needs is the "rest cure" that you hear so much about here.As A Chinaman Saw Us|Anonymous
It was so exciting that Maude proposed stopping there for a rest cure!An Onlooker in France 1917-1919|William Orpen
He was taking the rest cure by means of a sea voyage to San Francisco and deflected his itinerary for a week's land journey.Guatemala, the country of the future|Charles M. Pepper
One week at the laundry and one week at "Sunnyside," alternating, as it were, between taking the waters and a rest cure.
Such cases are not cases for acquittal, and the rest cure is generally three months hard.The Law and the Poor|Edward Abbott Parry
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 negativeit's no rest-cure, I can assure you
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