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sick leave

leave from duty, work, or the like, granted because of illness.
Origin of sick leave
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The horse was turned over to the care of the quartermaster, and Ike and I came wearily home on sick-leave.

    Whip and Spur George E. Waring
  • He is to have sick-leave whenever the Endymion returns to Portsmouth.

    Robinetta Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The two former were enjoying their month of service on shore, the latter was on sick-leave, but convalescent.

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

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

  • Soon after, Gen. Stoneman applied for and obtained a sick-leave; and I requested that it might be indefinitely extended to him.

  • Singleton had been captured at Port Republic, and others were off on sick-leave.

  • He had resided for several years in Charleston on sick-leave, on full pay.

British Dictionary definitions for sick-leave

sick leave

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.

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