Coming Thursday (Ascension day) will be a holiday, and I'd like to take the day off on Friday. Like this I'd like to bridge the gap towards the weekend.

In Dutch, this is called "making the bridge", is there an English word/expression for (taking) such a day off?

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    We never get Thursdays as holidays, so the situation doesn't arise. The exception being Christmas Day, where the Friday would also be a holiday anyway. The nearest expression is probably Poet's Day. (Push Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday) – Chenmunka May 23 '17 at 7:50
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    @Chenmunka 'Push off', eh? Never heard that version… – Spagirl May 23 '17 at 9:55
  • In Turkish, we "connect" holidays to weekends. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar May 23 '17 at 11:08
  • @Chenmunka we get a similar situation if Christmas day falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday (in the UK). Boxing day can be a Thursday. Other English-speaking countries don't pin their holidays to the weekend (isn't Thanksgiving a Thursday?) – Chris H May 23 '17 at 12:19

As noted the "bridge" is not a common in Britain so the expression you may use is:

  • to take the extra day off (between 2 public holidays)

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idiom)

  • What a pity there is no nice name for such a nice day :-) – Dominique May 23 '17 at 8:10
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    @Dominique - it does exit in other languages as far as I know, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. – user66974 May 23 '17 at 8:30
  • @Dominique Think of the Japanese. In late-April/early-May there are 3 or 4 national holidays over about an eight-day period. As a result some employers give a whole week as a holiday. It is known as Golden week – WS2 May 23 '17 at 9:19

Another way of referring to the desire for the Friday off between a Thursday holiday and a weekend is "desiring a 4-day weekend."

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    I would say making (it into) a 4-day weekend. – Chris H May 23 '17 at 12:18

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