Definition of sick call in English:

sick call


  • 1A visit to a sick person, typically one made by a doctor or priest.

    • ‘On September 7, 1918, at the height of World War I, a soldier at an army training camp outside Boston came to sick call with a high fever.’
    • ‘I was supposed to have three weekend ER shifts, but I got one of my co-residents to pay me a shift back for a sick call I took for him earlier last year.’
    • ‘The Massachusetts draftees then resorted to the silent but effective nonviolent resistance of mass desertions, refusal to obey the hated officers, and going on sick call.’
    • ‘We don't run to sick call for every little thing.’
    • ‘One of the most enduring tales of Fr. Foy's powers concerns that of his walk across the Moy estuary in response to a sick call - and that he didn't get his shoes wet in the process.’
    • ‘I'm on sick call for the next two weeks playing Substitute Teacher of the Year Peggy Hill, which means I have to wear my pager at all times, even when I'm home.’
    • ‘When a patient calls Kaiser for a sick appointment, they're given an appointment with the doctor who is on duty for sick calls that day - not necessarily their own doctor.’
    • ‘However, after a weekend of diarrhea and vomiting, she resigned herself to the fact that she was really sick and told her coworkers she was going to sick call on Tuesday afternoon.’
    • ‘Fr. Gerry Gillispie will cover sick calls and funerals until a new priest takes up residence and can be contacted at usual number.’
    • ‘‘The doctors outside the chamber would talk to me each morning and evening during sick call to check on each person's morale and condition,’ said Guillen.’
    • ‘There is a Foxford story of Fr. Foy and another priest out on a sick call when they came to a flooded river they couldn't cross.’
    • ‘It was in Philadelphia the airline says a ‘record number’ of sick calls led problems that snarled the airline's flights and baggage across the nation.’
    • ‘In early July 1964, what began as a sick call to police on St. Louis's near North Side snowballed into a civil disorder when officers attempted to break up a fight between two siblings.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the airline faces the unenviable task of rebuilding customer trust after a high number of sick calls caused an ‘operational meltdown’ over the Christmas holiday.’
    • ‘Possibly ever, unless I get called in for sick call in the Spring, which I obviously hope to avoid.’
    • ‘I have less than 20 soldiers a day go on sick call out of over 800.’
    • ‘Local President Billie Davenport said that none of the sick calls were falsified.’
    • ‘The codependent wife, on the other hand, will compromise her personal integrity and make the sick call for her husband.’
    • ‘I mean, barring my getting pulled to cover someone else's shift on sick call or something similar.’
    • ‘‘I don't blame any employee who wants to spend the holiday with their family after what they have been put through this year,’ Logan said about the holiday sick calls.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that during sick call as many as 5 to 10 percent of the camp population may be present for evaluation.’
  • 2Military
    A summons for those reporting sick to attend for treatment.

    • ‘Under the scheme all army vets attending sick calls twenty miles from home will be paid a fee of E30.’
    • ‘But his company commander, says that Brown reported to sick call shortly after arriving in Kuwait, complaining of leg and back pain.’
    • ‘The emergency-medical crew escorted me to sick call because I wasn't able to walk under my own power.’
    • ‘I reported to sick call, and was quarantined in the upper respiratory ward in the post hospital.’
    • ‘The enlisted soldiers life was regulated by bugle calls: the daily routine included breakfast, dinner, and supper calls; fatigue call, drill call, stable and water calls, sick call, and taps.’