sick call


Definition of sick call 

: a scheduled time at which individuals (such as soldiers) may report as sick to the medical officer

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The Houston Fire Department was responding to a sick call in the 5600 block of Tidwell, near Trinity, when a man drove up around 3 a.m., said Lt. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "HFD helps shooting victim trying to drive self to hospital," 8 Mar. 2018 Buy Photo No matter who wins the Super Bowl, Philadelphia businesses are gearing up for the influx of sick calls, late starts and time off requests that are sure to follow Sunday’s game. Connor Smith,, "After the Super Bowl, Philly employers brace for Monday's hangover," 2 Feb. 2018 The complaint said the amount of last-minute sick calls jumped to 24% between October 1, 2016, and last Wednesday, compared with 14% during the same period a year earlier. Imani Moise, WSJ, "Atlas Air Worldwide Accuses Pilots’ Union of Work Slowdown," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sick call

1836, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of sick call 

: a scheduled time at which individuals (as soldiers) may report as sick to a medical officer

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