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    .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    Hello again!

    The whole sentence reads as follows:

    Although you may still feel bad, most doctors would probably give you as clean a bill of health as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining.

    Does the bolded fargment mean "like any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining such a certificate of good health. Should/would a ship obtain a certificate of health?

    Thank you.

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    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    Whenever a vessel leaves port, it must be given a "clean bill of health" before it goes - it is inspected to show that it is completely seaworthy. The sentence compares the person's health status with that of such a ship.
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    #3

    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    It's a very odd analogy.

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    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    I quite liked it!
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    #5

    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    Perhaps you are a bit nautical, Ems.

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    #6

    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    Take the final syllable off and you got me!

    My first "proper" job was at a ferry port and my office window looked directly out at the cross-Channel ferry when it docked between sailings.
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    Re: .... as any vessel leaving port could dream of obtaining

    Hello...

    It seems an odd one to me... But I guess that is the role of Pragmatics... I guess it can be meant like that...

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