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blue flu

noun
1.
absenteeism among police officers or firefighters who claim to be ill but are in fact absent to support union contract demands or negotiations: so called from the officers' blue uniforms.
Origin of blue flu
1965-1970
First recorded in 1965-70
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blue flu

noun phrase

A mythical disease epidemic during a police job action when numbers of officers telephone to say that they are ill; sick-out (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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