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.

1950–55; probably sick1 + (walk)out Unabridged
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The first special rule applies if the discontinuance of activity is caused by employee action such as a strike or sickout.
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