case

noun
1 example
ADJECTIVE
classic, textbook, typical
clear, obvious, simple

It was a simple case of mistaken identity.

borderline

The teacher gave all borderline cases a spoken test.

extreme
isolated, rare

Except in a few rare cases, bee stings are not dangerous.

exceptional, special, unusual
striking
documented, reported

There have been documented cases of officials accepting bribes.

VERB + CASE
illustrate, show
cite, highlight

He highlighted the case of Harry Farr, who was executed in 1916.

consider

Let's consider the case of a dealer trying to make a sale.

CASE + VERB
arise, occur

The committee has full powers to deal with any cases of malpractice that arise.

CASE + NOUN
study

a case study of an Amazonian tribe

example
PREPOSITION
in sb's/this case

In her case, she failed the exam because she wasn't well.

case of

a case of animal cruelty

PHRASES
case by case

Complaints are dealt with on a case by case basis.

a case in point

Many professions feel they deserve higher pay, and nurses are a case in point.

2 the case true situation
VERB + THE CASE
be, remain

It remains the case that not enough graduates are going into teaching.

overstate, understate

I agree with him, but don't you think he slightly overstates the case?

3 of a disease
ADJECTIVE
acute, chronic
advanced, bad, serious, severe

He had a bad case of appendicitis.

mild
AIDS, flu, SARS, etc.

About 25% of AIDS cases are linked with the sharing of needles.

confirmed, reported

There have been no confirmed cases of BSE in the US.

VERB + CASE
diagnose

Two million new cases of hypertension are diagnosed each year.

report

The Department of Health reported five human cases of bird flu.

CASE + NOUN
history

Medical students study the case histories of many patients.

notes, records
PREPOSITION
case of

a severe case of food poisoning

4 police investigation
ADJECTIVE
notorious

the notorious case of the Botley strangler

tragic
assault, homicide (esp. AmE), molestation (AmE), murder, rape, robbery
VERB + CASE
handle, investigate, work on

Four officers are investigating the case.

crack, solve

They never solved the Jones murder case.

close
reopen
CASE + NOUN
file, report

He was looking through some homicide case files.

officer

Carter was the senior case officer on the investigation.

PREPOSITION
on the case

A detective is on the case at the moment.

case of

a case of theft

5 in a court of law
ADJECTIVE
court
criminal
civil
landmark, test

This is a test case which will influence what other judges decide.

high-profile

As a lawyer he was involved in high-profile divorce cases.

antitrust (esp. AmE), divorce, libel, malpractice (esp. AmE)
death-penalty (esp. AmE)

The jury are required to be unanimous in death-penalty cases.

VERB + CASE
bring

He brought the case to the Supreme Court.

prosecute, pursue
handle, litigate (AmE), take

This was the hardest case she had handled since becoming a lawyer.

No lawyer would take his case.

consider, hear, try

The court will consider the case soon.

The case will be heard in a higher court.

rehear, retry, review
adjourn
dismiss, throw out

The case was thrown out for lack of evidence.

drop

The prosecution decided to drop the case.

decide, settle

The case was settled out of court.

win
lose
CASE + VERB
come before sb, come to court, go to court, go to trial

The case came before Judge Hales.

He was so clearly innocent, the case should never have gone to court.

collapse

The case against her collapsed when a key witness was proved to have lied.

involve sth

a compensation case involving thousands of workers

centre/center on sth, hinge on sth, rest on sth, turn on sth

The case hinged on the evidence of the only witness.

raise sth

The case raises a number of issues.

allege sth

cases alleging violations of international law

challenge sth

He brought a case challenging the legality of the war.

PREPOSITION
in a/the case

the evidence in the case

case against

The case against her was very weak.

case of
PHRASES
a case to answer, no case to answer (both BrE)

The judge ruled that the defendant had no case to answer.

the circumstances of a case, the facts of a case
6 arguments
ADJECTIVE
compelling, convincing, good, persuasive, powerful, strong
open-and-shut, unanswerable (BrE)

With his current superb form, he presents an unanswerable case for selection in the team.

prima facie (law)

There is a good prima facie case for believing what she says.

circumstantial, weak
defence/defense, prosecution
VERB + CASE
have

Our lawyer didn't think we had a case (= a good enough case).

prepare

The defendant requested more time to prepare his case.

outline, set out
make, make out, present, put, state

You can make out a case for changing our teaching methods.

argue, plead

I thought she argued her case very well.

take up

The union has taken up the case of the suspended worker.

judge

The teacher must judge each case according to its merits.

bolster, help, strengthen, support

What evidence do you have to support your case?

weaken
CASE + VERB
exist

A strong case exists for adopting a similar system in this country.

PREPOSITION
case against

a case against wearing business attire

case for
PHRASES
the case for the defence/defense, the case for the prosecution
the merits of a case

The disciplinary committee considered the merits of his case before fining him.

7 container
ADJECTIVE
carrying

He put the binoculars back in their carrying case.

packing
glass

The room was full of stuffed animals in glass cases.

CD, DVD
cartridge (esp. AmE), cigarette, glasses, jewel (AmE), jewellery/jewelry, pencil
guitar, violin, etc.
display, trophy (esp. AmE)

She kept all her trophies in a display case.

presentation

a gold watch in a presentation case

PREPOSITION
in a/the case, inside a/the case, out of a/the case
8 a case ⇨ See also ↑suitcase (for other collocates with case)
ADJECTIVE
attaché
overnight

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