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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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Examples from the Web for bludger

Historical Examples of bludger

  • Bludger had now recovered consciousness, and was picking up heart.

    In the Wrong Paradise

    Andrew Lang

  • Bludger, a low thief, who does not hesitate to use violence, literally one who will use a bludgeon.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Him, however, they had treated hospitably, very unlike their contemplated behaviour to Bludger and me.

  • When I entered the cave, Bludger fell a-trembling so violently that he could not speak.

British Dictionary definitions for bludger


noun Australian and NZ informal
  1. a person who scrounges
  2. a person who avoids work
  3. a person in authority regarded as ineffectual by those working under him
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  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 for bludge

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


"prostitute's pimp," 1856, short for bludgeoner, agent noun from bludgeon (v.).

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

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