scrimshank

[ skrim-shangk ]
/ ˈskrɪmˌʃæŋk /

verb (used without object) British Slang.

to avoid one's obligations or share of work, especially in the military; shirk: He was unpopular in the squad because he scrimshanked whenever he could.

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Origin of scrimshank

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM scrimshank

scrimshanker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrimshank

scrimshank
/ (ˈskrɪmˌʃæŋk) /

verb

(intr) British military slang to shirk work

Word Origin for scrimshank

C19: of unknown origin
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