Botany Bay fever

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Botany Bay fever (uncountable)

  1. (Britain, euphemistic, obsolete) Penal servitude; transportation.
    • 1914, William Frend De Morgan, When Ghost Meets Ghost[1], page 410:
      What!—me not know my * * * Testament! Why!—it's the only * * * book you get a word of when you're nursing for Botany Bay fever.