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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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Anyway, show me someone throwing a sickie in the current precarious jobs market and
And businesses are also expected to suffer with 17 per cent of workers admitting to throwing a sickie in order to recharge their batteries.
Throwing a sickie and fibbing about why they were late for work are the most frequent untruths.
If you are a key employee in a small business and the boss is away at a meeting and is relying on you to open up and you are throwing a sickie then the business and its reputation will suffer.
The notion of throwing a sickie is in the news at the moment with the World Cup in full flow.