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verb (used without object) British Slang.
  1. to avoid one's obligations or share of work; shirk.
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Origin of scrimshank

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain
Related formsscrim·shank·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrimshank


  1. (intr) British military slang to shirk work
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Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
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