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get sick

1. To be or become ill or generally unwell. I got really sick last week and had to miss several days of work. You're going to get sick in this cold weather if you don't bundle up!
2. To become nauseated, sometimes to the point of vomiting. I'm getting sick driving around all these winding mountain roads. After drinking an entire bottle of vodka, Jim got sick all over his shoes.
3. To become repelled or disgusted by something. I get sick thinking about how much we have to pay for our medical insurance.
See also: get, sick

take sick

To be or become sick or unwell. I heard your sister has taken sick recently. I hope that it isn't anything too serious.
See also: sick, take

take sick

 and take ill
to become ill. I took sick with a bad cold last week. I hope I don't take ill before final exams.
See also: sick, take

take sick

Chiefly Southern US To become ill.
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The necessity for a junior doctor to take sick leave will obviously be dependent on both their symptoms and the type of work they are engaged in.
If you're having difficulty with escalating absenteeism among association staff, it's a good idea to have your staff team identify the reasons that people take sick leave, see if there are any recognizable patterns of absenteeism, and consider other sick leave options that may be more compatible with these findings.
Can parents take sick leave to stay home with a sick child, or should they take annual leave for that purpose?
Nurses who had to take sick leave after being assaulted were previously entitled only to their basic pay.
Mr Leech is the latest member of staff to take sick leave at the school, where one-in-three staff are off sick each day.