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bludge

[ bluhj ]
/ blʌdʒ /
Australian

verb (used with object), bludged, bludg·ing.

to shirk.
to impose on (someone).

noun

an easy task.

Nearby words

blubberhead, blubbering, blubbery, blucher, bluchers, bludge, bludgeon, bludgeoneer, bludger, blue, blue agave

Origin of bludge

1915–20; false analysis of bludgeon (v.) gives phrase bludge on to impose on; back formation from bludgeon (noun) gives bludge (v.) to use a bludgeon, whence bludger bully, especially a harlot's bully, pimp, hence shirker, whence bludge (v.) to shirk
Related formsbludg·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bludge

bludge

/ (blʌdʒ) Australian and NZ informal /

verb

(when intr , often foll by on) to scrounge from (someone)
(intr) to evade work
(intr) archaic to act as a pimp

noun

a very easy task; undemanding employment

Word Origin for bludge

C19: back formation from slang bludger pimp, from bludgeon
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Word Origin and History for bludge

bludge


v.

"shirk responsibility," 1919, Australian and New Zealand slang, earlier "be a prostitute's pimp," from bludger "pimp."

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