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When you skip school on a day you have a really big assignment due, such as a project or a report. Can also apply to exams. Very common in high school and secondary school
Dude, the project's due tomorrow, are you done? No man, I'm gonna pull a strategic absence tomorrow to save my ass
by dachyr May 02, 2010

Words related to strategic absence

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Taking off from school in order to get work done, miss a test, and/or push back a due date. Similar to playing hooky, the difference being you are actually doing work.
"We had 3 tests and a paper due today, so I took a strategic absence."
by Dr. Odenbach February 28, 2009