Posted by R. Berg on July 08, 2003
In Reply to: Sphinx posted by phone in sick on July 08, 2003
: It is a fixed phrase, is it? which means pretending to be sick in order not to go to work?
: BTW, could you tell me where I could acess The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms online?
"Phone in sick" or "call in sick" means to phone one's workplace and excuse oneself from work for the day, saying one is ill. The same phrases are used when the worker is sick and when he or she is healthy and is lying.