Bay fever

Noun.  (Australia, slang) Any illness feigned by convicts to avoid being sent to Botany Bay, ''used perjoratively''.[ 1811, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue][ 1811, Francis Grose, ''Lexicon balatronicum : a dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence''.].

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