call in sick

call in sick

To inform one's employer that one will be absent due to illness (real or feigned). The phrase originally referred to calling by phone, but can refer to any form of communication (such as email). That virus has totally decimated my staff—only two people are in the office today because the rest called in sick! If you really want to go to the beach tomorrow, just call in sick.
See also: call, sick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

call in sick

to call one's place of work to say that one is ill and cannot come to work. (See also report in sick.) Four of our office staff called in sick today. I have to call in sick today.
See also: call, sick
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

call in sick

Telephone one's employer or school that one is ill and cannot come to work or attend. For example, Ben called in sick and told his boss he would miss the meeting. [Mid-1900s]
See also: call, sick
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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If an employee's child is sick and no support person/group is available, the employee might call in sick rather than taking a vacation day.
They simply accept the fact that they will always have certain employees who consistently call in sick on Mondays or Fridays so they can have an extended weekend.
They should emphasize the fact that unscheduled absences cause safety hazards to the public and to the officers' colleagues, who must fill in when individuals call in sick. They should also explain that officers should conduct personal business during planned vacation days or compensating time off (CTO) days, rather than abusing their sick leave by using it when they are not ill.