call/phone in sick

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of call/phone in sick

: to telephone the place where one works to say that one is sick and will not be coming to work
  • Two of the waiters called in sick, so we're very short-staffed.

Word by Word Definitions

call play
  1. : to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance : shout

  2. : to make a request or demand

  3. : to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. : an act of calling with the voice : shout

  2. : an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

  3. : an instrument used for calling

phone play
  1. : a speech sound considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the sound system of a language

  1. : telephone

  2. : earphone

  1. : telephone

  1. : sound

  2. : speaker of (a specified language)

  1. : of or relating to a population that speaks (a specified language)

sick play
  1. : affected with disease or ill health : ailing

  2. : of, relating to, or intended for use in sickness

  3. : queasy, nauseated

  1. : vomit


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