British • informal
- Avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk: I skived off school [with object]: she used to skive lessonsMore 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[in singular] Back to top
- 1An instance of avoiding work or a duty.More 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.More 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.
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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.
early 20th century: perhaps from French esquiver 'slink away'.
verb[with object] • technical
- Pare (the edge of a piece of leather or other material) so as to reduce its thickness.More example sentences
- Bitspower's skiving technique seems a great way to remove the thermal junction between base and fins.
early 19th century: from Old Norse skífa; related to shive.