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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Last year an estimated 330,000 workers threw a sickie on the first Monday in February, costing the economy pounds 29 million in lost business.
Bosses were said to be furious after the trio - whose hits include Freak Like Me and Round, Round - threw a sickie and pulled out of last weekend's star-studded party.