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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work 

Elise Hennigan
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Updated July 30, 2020 196.2k votes 48k voters 1.4M views 48 items

List Rules Any excuse that you could use to get out of work for a full day or half day.

Need a day off? Here's a list of the best excuses to get out of work—including believable excuses to miss work, ridiculous reasons to stay home and funny justifications for taking the day off. Hey, sometimes we all need to take a sick day, or take a "sick day" but we don't know exactly what to tell our boss that they will believe or allow. The most popular excuses to miss work are often health-related. People always think to say that they are sick or that their car broke down. While this way to miss work is sometimes believable, you can't always use the same reason. 

Good excuses for missing work are usually either very specific—like your toilet overflowed and you have to handle it, or are very vague—like you need a "personal" day. Is it a bad idea to lie to your boss about why you are missing work? Probably. Do people do it all of the time? Absolutely. For many readers, the reasons listed here are good excuses for taking the day off. 

So what do you think? What is a good excuse for getting out of work? Do you lie to your boss or do you just tell him or her why you need the day off? Vote for your favorites and add your own ideas to help rank the best excuses for missing work. 

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You Have a Bladder Infection
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You Have to Meet With Your Kid's Teacher
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Your Flight Back Into Town Got Cancelled
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Your Pet Is Sick
30
You Are Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
31
You Need a "Personal" Day
and leave it at that
32
You're Waiting for a Plumber/Repairman
33
You Have Terrible Cramps
34
Joshua Garber added You're in Jail
35
You Honestly Tell Your Boss Why You Can't/Don't Want to Come In
36
Because You Earned It!
37
Mental Health Day
38
Your Toilet Exploded
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You Locked Your Keys in Your Car
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The Roads Around Your House Are Closed Due to Weather
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Your Sister/Best Friend Is Going Into Labor
42
You Lost Your Glasses
43
You Have Lice
44
You Are Hungover
45
Someone Tried to Rob You During the Night
46
You're Moving
47
Electricity Went Out
48
Have to Drive Someone to the Airport