call in sick

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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

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

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
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Pitchess Detention Center called in sick Tuesday, the first strains of the ``blue flu'' job action in northern Los Angeles County.
According to the sheriff's headquarters bureau, in the fifth day of the sickout, 307 deputies called in sick at various jails and court services facilities in Los Angeles County.
When was the last time you called in sick for duty.
At the same time, the department benefits from this policy because the amount paid out at the end of the year does not equal the overtime that was previously paid to officers who worked double shifts because of individuals who called in sick.