blue flu


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blue flu

1. n. an imaginary disease afflicting police officers who call in sick during a work stoppage or slowdown. (Journalistic. Occurs where strikes are illegal.) Another epidemic of the blue flu struck the city’s police officers early today.
2. n. a hangover. He was out late last night and has the blue flu.
See also: blue, flu
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Union leaders said they will neither participate in nor encourage others to join in a Blue Flu call-in.
In a joint statement, leaders of all three unions said that, although it is true that Chief Oliver disregards their rights under labor laws and union contracts, the unions do not support a Blue Flu among the force as a way of sending a message to the chief.
Several weeks of widespread blue flu have forced the county to reduce patrols, close courthouses and lock down jails.
He said: "I will not lead a blue flu campaign during my presidency.
Two years later he was also part of Real IRA gang that took advantage of the Garda Blue Flu strike and staged a raid on a cash van outside Ashford, Co Wicklow.
Davis said Californians ``do not want to see safety officials picketing local government or calling in sick with the blue flu.
At this rate it won't be long before the blue flu replaces groin pulls or concussions as the pox of professional sports.
Former UCLA guard Gerald Madkins is among the players auditioning to be stand-ins for an all-NBA team that came up with a collective case of blue flu six weeks before basketball's turn on the world's stage.
Prison officers have taken a dose of blue flu and effectively brought the prisons to a halt.
IRELAND is set to be hit with another massive dose of blue flu.
A bout of blue flu will rock the government in a autumn of potential industrial relations disasters with nurses, doctors, teachers and transport workers all threatening strike action.
If unrest continues the blue flu, which caused chaos earlier this year when Gardai rang in sick for work, could return by winter.
GARDAI are to vote on a new pay deal aimed at preventing a third outbreak of blue flu.
A lot of people are now opting to take early retirement with the better deals won during the Blue Flu.