: an organized absence from work by workers on the pretext of sickness

Examples of sick-out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, the City Council voted to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Baggett’s family members. — TRANSIT TRAUMA: Days after hundreds of Metro bus drivers staged a sick-out protesting safety concerns, L.A.’s transit network continued to experience a string of violent behavior. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sick-out was in 1951

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“Sick-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sick-out. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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