There are 2 definitions of skive in English:

skive1

Syllabification: skive
Pronunciation: /skīv
 
/
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
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    • 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.
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    • ‘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.
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    • 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

noun
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  • 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

early 20th century: perhaps from French esquiver 'slink away'.

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There are 2 definitions of skive in English:

skive2

Syllabification: skive
Pronunciation: /
 
skīv/

verb

[with object] technical
  • Pare (the edge of a piece of leather or other material) so as to reduce its thickness.
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    • 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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