Typhoid-mary meaning

A person from whom something undesirable or deadly spreads to those nearby.
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A person who spreads disease, infection, or corruption.
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A person who carries and spreads a dangerous disease, especially one who refuses to cooperate to minimize the risk of infection.
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Origin of typhoid-mary

  • From the nickname of Mary Mallon
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • typhoid + Mary. Based on Mary Mallon (1869 - 1938), a notorious carrier of typhoid who refused to cooperate with the authorities about her condition until they resorted to forcible confinement.
    From Wiktionary