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sick leave

noun
1.
leave from duty, work, or the like, granted because of illness.
Origin of sick leave
1830-1840
1830-40
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Examples from the Web for sick leave
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  • Two of our men, who had been home on sick leave, rejoined us at the same time.

    Our Battery Orlando P. Cutter
  • Soldiers home on sick leave from the Austrian frontier were to be seen.

  • In fact, not until Beauregard had left the army on sick leave about a month later did the President express any disapprobation.

    The Real Jefferson Davis Landon Knight
  • It befell, therefore, that he spent the winter on sick leave in New York.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • Again Napoleon fell ill, obtained six months' sick leave, and went again to Corsica.

  • I feel a hulking slacker and fraud, being home on sick leave.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • The doctor said yesterday I should certainly get three months' sick leave before I rejoined.

    One of the 28th G. A. Henty
  • His health was not good and after sick leave in 1889 he resigned in 1890.

    Report of the Chief Librarian J. O. Wilson and General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
  • He had doubtless been home on 'sick leave,' and, though now quite restored to health, was apparently in no hurry to go back.

  • This officer had recently returned from the Western Front on sick leave.

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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