[gohld-brik for 1, 2; gohld-brik for 3–5]
- to shirk responsibility or perform halfheartedly; loaf.
- to swindle; cheat.
Origin of goldbrick
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Related Words for gold bricktrick, scam, phony, hoax, forgery, deception, counterfeit, fabrication, sham, fraud, mockery, cheat, crime, dupe, bluff, swindle, graft, sleight, faker, imitation
- something with only a superficial appearance of value
- US slang an idler or shirker
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"shirker," 1914, World War I armed forces slang, from earlier verb meaning "to swindle, cheat" (1902) from the old con game of selling spurious "gold" bricks (attested by 1882).
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