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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flu
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cold/cough/flu remedy
▪ Most cold remedies have little effect.
a doctor diagnoses flu/depression etc (=says what illness someone has)
▪ The doctor diagnosed malaria.
a flu bug
▪ We’ve all had a horrible flu bug.
avian flu
bird flu
chicken flu
the AIDS/flu/polio etc virus
▪ They are trying to stop the spread of the flu virus.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
bad
▪ Nigel was really unwell at the last minute with a bad bout of flu, but decided not to cancel.
▪ I got a real bad flu.
cold
▪ For example, the percentage reporting that they had had a cold or flu in the previous month showed little change with age.
gastric
▪ I think I've got gastric flu.
▪ Withdrawal from heroin, usually described in lurid nightmare language, is actually like a severe attack of gastric flu.
▪ Perhaps it was just gastric flu.
mild
▪ The symptoms of toxoplasmosis for healthy adults may be like mild flu, but often there are no symptoms.
▪ Most will never know for sure if what they have is mild flu or a bad cold.
▪ It will make the Black Death look like a mild dose of flu.
■ NOUN
bug
▪ United have just about shaken off the flu bug and are back to more or less full strength.
▪ Unfortunately, although a good time was had by all, a number of the team picked up a strange flu bug.
▪ Unfortunately a flu bug attacked most of the crew during this week which clouded our impressions of Shetland.
▪ Only replacement back Kenny Logan was an absentee, confined to bed suffering from the 24-hour flu bug.
epidemic
▪ Fortunately, full-blown flu epidemics are relatively rare.
▪ Jane died in the flu epidemic in 1916.
▪ Ah, that was the time we had a spring flu epidemic.
vaccine
▪ Who can give me a flu vaccination Your doctor will normally be able to vaccinate you with a flu vaccine.
▪ I know the flu vaccine is made new each year.
▪ If you are a person at greater risk from flu, consider having a flu vaccine this autumn.
▪ To be effective, flu vaccine must be given every year.
virus
▪ In Wiltshire, a doctor has died from the flu virus.
▪ One of the best natural examples of this is the ability of the flu virus to keep cropping up in new forms.
■ VERB
catch
▪ It wasn't something you caught, like flu or Aids.
▪ No need for the market to catch the flu.
▪ If you are one of those patients who are at greater risk from flu, you should try to avoid catching it.
▪ After displaying her cleavage at the Grammys last week, she's caught the flu.
▪ She'd had a hectic year, she was really too tired, and now she'd caught the flu.
get
▪ Winger, Jerry Perrins is back in the team, but there's a doubt over Derek Morgan who's got flu.
▪ He had a knee injury, sprained his ankle twice, got the flu twice.
▪ Who can help if I do get flu?
▪ Some people who get the shot do get flu anyway, he said, but gene rally they get much milder cases.
▪ I think I've got gastric flu.
▪ I got a real bad flu.
▪ He'd only just got right from flu.
▪ Of course, high-risk patients should get flu shots.
suffer
▪ Campbell, however, was suffering from flu yesterday and a decision on his fitness will not be made until today.
▪ Derek Turnbull arrived at Murrayfield, but was sent home suffering from flu.
▪ She told Relate officials that she was suffering from flu and had lost her voice.
▪ Team news: Les Robinson has been suffering from flu but should be fit.
▪ Only replacement back Kenny Logan was an absentee, confined to bed suffering from the 24-hour flu bug.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bout of depression/flu/sickness etc
▪ Occasionally we all suffer from influenza or a bout of sickness, which naturally results in a drop in weight.
▪ Pablo Fernandez was suddenly stricken by a bout of flu.
gastric flu
▪ I think I've got gastric flu.
▪ Perhaps it was just gastric flu.
▪ Withdrawal from heroin, usually described in lurid nightmare language, is actually like a severe attack of gastric flu.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Flu shots are recommended for people 55 and older.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Campbell, however, was suffering from flu yesterday and a decision on his fitness will not be made until today.
▪ It is unknown how m any of those pneumonia cases were preceded by flu.
▪ Only replacement back Kenny Logan was an absentee, confined to bed suffering from the 24-hour flu bug.
▪ Pace of flu attack hits 14-year high.
▪ The economy had not just a passing cold but a bad case of the flu.
▪ The guard said he has played a little sluggish because of the flu and an ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago.
▪ When Cottingham was 16, she got what she thought was the flu.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
flu

1839, flue, shortening of influenza. Spelling flu attested from 1893. The abstraction of the middle syllable is an uncommon method of shortening words in English; Weekley compares tec for detective, scrip for subscription.

Wiktionary
flu

n. 1 influenza. 2 (context informal English) common cold.

WordNet
flu

n. an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease [syn: influenza, grippe]

Wikipedia
Flu (disambiguation)

Flu is an infectious disease of birds and mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza viruses.

Flu or FLU may also refer to:

Flu (film)

Flu is a 2013 South Korean disaster film written and directed by Kim Sung-su about an outbreak of a deadly disease which throws a city into chaos. It stars Jang Hyuk and Soo Ae.

Usage examples of "flu".

I remember she was dowdily dressed even for an English girl and then later I understood she was in mourning for her parents who were not long dead of the flu.

Yet his unexpected evisceration was destined to enable the greatest menace to the health of the United States since the swine flu to flourish in the very temple Gregory Green Gideon had consecrated to saving America from dietary perdition.

It was perfectly possible that she was insane, sitting on his bed at one in the morning with her pall-like flu and sallow complexion, her allergies and rapt expression, assailing him with talk of the devil, a manipulative vamp, a psychotic seductress, secretly out to ruin his life, the intentional undoing of a priest.

Wiggy got to know her better when Eileen Bateman, in the throes of flu, had telephoned and asked apologetically if Wiggy had any aspirin.

Assume you have the flu unless: Anthrax exposure or cases are reported in your community.

That said, there are some subtle differences between anthrax and the flu.

Chest discomfort, vomiting, and shortness of breath are usually associated with anthrax, but not with the flu.

Other than malnourishment, a slight case of the flu, and a body ravaged by drugs, there was nothing else remarkable, according to the doctor.

The greater the capacity of the World Health Organization, the less likely we are to have to deal with a flu pandemic in our own country.

A terrible fear, as disorienting as the flu and as debilitating as a cataclysmic case of the squitters, was enveloping him.

Or that when you pulled off the Stover job, you felt like holy shit from a bout with the flu?

He said that both strep throat and the chest flu are going around, plus a nasty combination of both.

No cases of the so-called Thannas B flu have been reported anywhere on Ore.

Laughing out loud and making jokes about the unfortunate fact that their camera man was sick with the flu that morning, they returned to their cars and drove off, their hilarity only serving to enrage Turney and Foster more.

The steaming in my head turned out to be mostly due to the flu, and I staggeredfrom bed to exams and back to bed again.