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sick leave

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noun
  1. leave from duty, work, or the like, granted because of illness.
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Origin of sick leave

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for sick leave

Historical Examples of sick leave

  • It is now broad daylight, and high time for a man on sick-leave to be in bed.

    Wanderings in India

    John Lang

  • He is to have sick-leave whenever the Endymion returns to Portsmouth.

    Robinetta

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • They had been hoping all the while for a pension, but in their service book was written "on sick-leave."

  • His indolences of the sick-leave period were now sloughed from him.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

  • “It does not appear to me that you are at all in need of sick-leave,” said Mrs. de Tracy suspiciously.

    Robinetta

    Kate Douglas Wiggin


British Dictionary definitions for sick leave

sick leave

noun
  1. leave of absence from work through illness
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sick leave in Medicine

sick leave

n.
  1. Paid absence from work allowed an employee because of sickness.
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