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  1. do a Skase Australian informal to skip the country while owing a large amount of money
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Word Origin for Skase

C20: after the Australian businessman Christopher Skase (1948–2001), who fled Australia after the collapse of his business empire, owing millions of dollars
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Historical Examples of skase

  • Up-and-down men are skase, but the horizontal are less skaser.

    Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings

    Henry Wheeler Shaw

  • "Ay, it mun be skase or else I should ha' had a speciment i' my musaum," Jammie said.

    Lancashire Humour

    Thomas Newbigging

  • But schools was skase in them air days, and, besides, book-larnin' don't do no good to a woman.

  • There was paintin', and poetry, and music—but them warn't of no account in a new country where money was skase.