blue flu

blue flu

noun
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:
1965–70

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blue flu definition


  1. n.
    an imaginary disease afflicting police officers who call in sick during a work stoppage or slowdown. (Journalistic. Occurs where strikes are illegal.) : Another epidemic of the blue flu struck the city's police officers early today.
  2. n.
    a hangover. : He was out late last night and has the blue flu.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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