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1 It's cold and dark outside (really)
2 I genuinely feel ill
3 I've got a hangover
4 I need a lie-in
5 I'm feeling overworked or stressed
1 Claiming a child is off school
2 Pretending to have had a death in the family
3 Pretending to attend a funeral
4 Claiming your car has broken down and you are waiting to be rescued
5 Pretending to have injured yourself, such as suffering a sprained ankle
1 "I've accidently locked myself in the bathroom and I have to wait until someone with a key to the house can come round to let me out."
2 "I've accidently sent my uniform to the charity shop so I need to go and buy it back."
3 "My plastic surgery has gone wrong and I need to go and get it fixed."
4 "I thought it was a bank holiday and I'm 500 miles away."
5 "I missed the stop on the train this morning and I can't get off the train now until London."
Source: Fine Bedding Company
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