from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An absence from work granted so that an employee can give care to a family member, such as a new baby or sick parent.


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  • The Channel 7 news team had been on the story with three crews and a full graphics package — “Chaney’s Hope,” they were calling it — from the moment Brenda informed her boss she was going to need some extended family leave time.

    Critical Conditions

  • Meek, on seeing the family leave the Dalles, had some misgivings as to their safe arrival at their destination, because of the excited condition of the people about the Cascades; but Spencer seemed to think that his own peaceable and friendly reputation, which was widespread, would protect them; so he parted from his wife and children with little apprehension as to their safety.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • Having taking refuge in a hovel adjoining a corner of their cottage, he hears their pathetic and romantic story, and also learns the language and ways of men; but on his wishing to make their acquaintance the family are so horrified at his appearance that the women faint, the men drive him off with blows, and the whole family leave a neigbourhood, the scene of such an apparition.

    Mrs Shelley


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