The story is Lardner at his best, skirting the fence between sentimentality and cynicism and achieving pathos.
From an overseas haven to a TARP gift to Nascar, companies are skirting the IRS.
Senior officials normally observe a longstanding political taboo by skirting around such tales of torment.
He crossed it, and, skirting the rear of a cottage, reached the top of the Runkerry cliffs.
Before long the Barracouta and her tow were skirting the eastern ledges.
Away out in front of the regiment ran a little creek, skirting the hill on which the rebels were massed.
Then skirting a big beadle in blue, policemen, and loungers, I reached the box-office.
The walls were painted blue, the skirting almost a third of the height, and so wide at the top as to form a narrow shelf.
skirting the edge of the cone they emerged from the woods and came to the border of a village.
He seemed, from the turnings he made, to be skirting the business section rather than pass directly through it.
early 14c., "lower part of a woman's dress," from Old Norse skyrta "shirt, a kind of kirtle;" see shirt. Sense development from "shirt" to "skirt" is possibly related to the long shirts of peasant garb (cf. Low German cognate Schört, in some dialects "woman's gown"). Sense of "border, edge" (in outskirts, etc.) first recorded late 15c. Metonymic use for "women collectively" is from 1550s; slang sense of "young woman" is from 1906; skirt-chaser first attested 1942.
c.1600, "to border, form the edge of," from skirt (n.). Meaning "to pass along the edge" is from 1620s. Related: Skirted; skirting.