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skive 1

Syllabification: skive
British informal

verb

[no object]
Avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk: I skived off school [with object]: she used to skive lessons
More example sentences
  • If I hadn't skived off work early to go see, I'd have been angry at the waste of my time.
  • You think I skived off without blogging anything today, right?
  • I had said to myself that I would go to the gym after Dame G and Dr Sir T but I skived off and watched News 24 instead.

noun

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1An instance of avoiding work or a duty.
Example sentences
  • ‘I decided to give blood because it was a good skive out of the railway and after you'd donated you got your free tea and biscuits,’ he said.
  • The vast majority of the truants would readily acknowledge in the aftermath that they were only out for a skive following a wind-up on the web.
  • Yes, notwithstanding all of the above, I do love the odd skive on my tod.
1.1An easy option.
Example sentences
  • Tuesday and yesterday were a bit brighter and we did have a bit of a skive on Tuesday.
  • The checkout girl had thought it was a good skive, especially as her break was almost due.

Derivatives

skiver

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Pronunciation: /ˈskīvər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Slackers and skivers everywhere should be grateful I'm not in charge.
  • There may have been some skivers, although not many.
  • A poll of organisers found that 80 per cent think there are too many skivers and people who should be delegates are staying away.

Origin

Late 19th century (originally US college slang): probably from French esquiver 'escape'.

Words that rhyme with skive

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, rive, shrive, strive, survive, swive, thrive

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skive 2 Syllabification: skive

verb

[with object] technical
Pare (the edge of a piece of leather or other material) so as to reduce its thickness.
Example sentences
  • Bitspower's skiving technique seems a great way to remove the thermal junction between base and fins.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Old Norse skífa; related to shive.

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