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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

List RulesAny 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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    Food Poisoning

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    You Have the Flu

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    Someone Is in the Hospital

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    Your Kid is Sick

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    Tragedy in the Family

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    2,454
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    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

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    Have the Runs

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    Car Trouble

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    Doctor's Appointment

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    You Have a Crazy Migraine

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    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

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    Relative's Funeral

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    You're Sick

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    You Have a Migraine

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    I Dont Want to Go to My Sh*tty Job Today.

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    2,275
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    You Need a Mental Health Day

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    You Got in a Car Accident

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    1,761
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    There Was a Death in the Family

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    You Have a Doctor's Appointment

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    I Won $500 Million in the Lottery, I Quit!

  • 22
    1,191
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    You Are Snowed In

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    You're Selected for Jury Duty

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    Emergency Dental Repair

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    You Have Bad Cramps