Bay fever

Noun.  (Australia, slang) Any illness feigned by convicts to avoid being sent to Botany Bay, ''used perjoratively''.[http://vulgar.pangyre.org/b/bay-fever.html 1811, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue][http://books.google.com/books?id=iDsJAAAAQAAJ&pg=PT10&dq=%22Bay+fever%22+%22botany+bay%22&hl=en&ei=DjSYTpqfKKLhmAW9hZmkAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDYQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=%22Bay%20fever%22%20%22botany%20bay%22&f=false 1811, Francis Grose, ''Lexicon balatronicum : a dictionary of buckish slang, university wit, and pickpocket eloquence''.].

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