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verb (used with object), bludged, bludg·ing.
  1. to shirk.
  2. to impose on (someone).
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  1. an easy task.
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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


  1. (when intr , often foll by on) to scrounge from (someone)
  2. (intr) to evade work
  3. (intr) archaic to act as a pimp
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  1. a very easy task; undemanding employment
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Word Origin

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


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

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