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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Can she persuade pal John to 'live a little' and throw a sickie too?
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PHONING in sick could soon become a thing of the past, as new research shows a quarter of bosses now accept text messages and emails from workers who "throw a sickie".
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For they are Hans down the continent's first to hide under the duvet and throw a sickie when the sniffles strike, says a study.
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Q I PLAN to throw a sickie to go to the Open but I'm worried the boss will spot me on TV.
With one in ten workers planning to 'throw a sickie' this month, according to a report published this week, employers must be consistent in their approach to managing absenteeism to avoid falling foul of the law, law firm Eversheds has warned.
While there are, no doubt, some workers happy to throw a sickie when the mood takes them, the council will also have to look at the underlying problems.
Typically, though not surprisingly, workers are more likely to throw a sickie on a Monday, with 37 per cent planning it in advance.
MORE workers will throw a sickie today than any other day this year.
And somebody up there is definitely giving Diane a big clue to throw a sickie when she wakes up to find her car's been stolen.
At least 18 per cent of Brummies plan to join the masses - some 1.8 million people - who will throw a sickie from work to watch all the action on TV or even fly out to Germany for the g ames.
"This, then, is the perfect day to throw a sickie!"
WORKERS are much more likely to say they are well when they are ill than throw a sickie.