on the club

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the term benefit club.

Adjective[edit]

on the club ‎(not comparable)

  1. (Britain, slang) Temporarily away from work, usually due to sickness, supported by sickness benefit.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 5
      Then he crept up the stone stairs behind the drapery shop at the Co-op., and peeped in the reading-room. Usually one or two men were there, either old, useless fellows, or colliers "on the club".