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The Best Excuses to Get Out of Work

Updated July 30, 2020 173.5k votes 48.5k voters 1.5m views48 items

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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  • 1
    12,901
    3,062

    Food Poisoning

  • 2
    6,393
    2,322

    You Have the Flu

  • 3
    3,783
    1,341
  • 4
    5,519
    2,350

    Your Kid is Sick

  • 5
    6,182
    2,663

    Someone Is in the Hospital

  • 6
    5,412
    2,275

    Tragedy in the Family

  • 7
    2,663
    1,234

    You Had An Allergic Reaction to Something

  • 8
    6,089
    3,468

    Car Trouble

  • 9
    5,780
    2,474

    Have the Runs

  • 10
    2,679
    1,874

    Doctor's Appointment

  • 11
    2,354
    1,256

    You Have a Crazy Migraine

  • 12
    3,451
    2,566

    You Have a Cold (Cough, Cough)

  • 13
    1,968
    1,304

    Relative's Funeral

  • 14
    3,077
    1,097

    You're Sick

  • 15
    2,913
    1,425

    You Have a Migraine

  • 16
    4,576
    2,604

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

  • 17
    2,444
    2,351

    You Need a Mental Health Day

  • 18
    1,962
    1,691

    You Got in a Car Accident

  • 19
    1,195
    866

    You Have a Doctor's Appointment

  • 20
    1,923
    1,316

    There Was a Death in the Family

  • 21
    1,314
    951

    You're Selected for Jury Duty

  • 22
    1,646
    1,243

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

  • 23
    1,281
    1,631

    You Are Snowed In

  • 24
    1,158
    866

    Emergency Dental Repair

  • 25
    1,282
    1,029

    You Have Bad Cramps