[ sik-out ]
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  1. an organized absence from work by employees on the pretext of sickness, as to avoid the legal problems or antistrike clauses that would be invoked in the case of a formal strike.

Origin of sickout

1950–55; probably sick1 + (walk)out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for sick-out


/ US and Caribbean /

  1. a form of industrial action in which all workers in a factory, etc, report sick simultaneously

verbsick out
  1. (intr, adverb) to take part in such action

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