throw a sickie


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throw a sickie

To tell one's employer, truthfully or otherwise, that one is ill and unable to attend work. Primarily heard in UK. I'm going to have work the morning after my birthday party. Something tells me I'll be throwing a sickie that day!
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SCOTS are among the most likely to throw a sickie at work - and they're top of the list when it comes to being off work because of a hangover.
avoid meetings or deadlines at work 7to 8Had overslept Men are more prone to throw a sickie than women, with 42 per cent of men who had taken time off ill admitting they weren't all genuine, compared to 30 per cent of women.
You know the one - it advises those suffering from the sniffles to take a 'Benylin' day therefore encouraging, so bosses say, workers to throw a sickie.
For they are Hans down the continent's first to hide under the duvet and throw a sickie when the sniffles strike, says a study.
Q I PLAN to throw a sickie to go to the Open but I'm worried the boss will spot me on TV.
While there are, no doubt, some workers happy to throw a sickie when the mood takes them, the council will also have to look at the underlying problems.
Typically, though not surprisingly, workers are more likely to throw a sickie on a Monday, with 37 per cent planning it in advance.
MORE workers will throw a sickie today than any other day this year.
MORE workers will throw a sickie today than at any other time of the year, an employers' body claims.
WORKERS are much more likely to say they are well when they are ill than throw a sickie.
FIFTEEN per cent of football fans are tempted to throw a sickie during the World Cup, a survey has revealed.
Aye," nodded the lad, "Never throw a sickie while the 'Gers are still in Europe.
And nearly 20 per cent of Aberdonians and 45 per cent of Glaswegians were more likely to throw a sickie in winter so they can save their holiday entitlement for summer months.
In the study, a fifth of workers admitted making up an excuse, such as food poisoning or a cold, to throw a sickie.
The aim is to reduce absence because of problems like hangovers by letting people throw a sickie honestly.