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sickout

[ sik-out ]
/ ˈsɪkˌaʊt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of sickout

1950–55; probably sick1 + (walk)out
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British Dictionary definitions for sickout

sick-out
/ US and Caribbean /

noun

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

verb sick out

(intr, adverb) to take part in such action
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