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bludge Line breaks: bludge
Pronunciation: /blʌdʒ/
Australian /NZ informal

Definition of bludge in English:


[no object]
1Shirk responsibility and live off the efforts of others: they were sick of bludging on the public
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  • But I can't agree with that, I don't think that is the big issue, I think the big issue is about them bludging on an Australian product and not putting enough back into it.
  • This one friend has been shrieking about her exes, and in particular, how one of them just keeps bludging on her, and how she keeps him happy by giving him $500 a month.
  • ‘We've had a lot of members for a long time pissed off about non-members bludging on the union for a long time,’ he says.
1.1 [with object] Cadge or scrounge: the girls bludged smokes
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  • A few months later he returned and went collecting stories about the dog that became a legend in the 70s, travelling around the country, hitching lifts, bludging food and making friends.
  • Slinking outside like the mere serf I was, I realised I could use this as another toilet bludging opportunity - besides, there was that magazine to be read.
  • Let dad find his way back to Wanganui by bus or by bludging a lift with a friend.


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An easy job or assignment: that night shift must be the biggest bludge on earth
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  • At high school Fahd wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life her life, but ended up studying art at school because ‘it was kind of a bludge.’
  • I nodded as I looked around. ‘That's got nothing to do with artistic talent coming with blond hair, it's just that art lessons are generally a huge bludge, and that's what they're looking for.
  • Got this assessment in Chemistry, but otherwise, it was a bludge really… You?


Late 19th century: back-formation from bludger.


be on the bludge

Australian /NZ informal Engaged in shirking responsibility and living off the efforts of others: the theatre would pay its own way rather than going on the bludge
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  • It makes companies go on the bludge rather than work towards a profit.
  • They are flat broke and will probably go on the bludge expecting us to pay for their expensive art exhibition.
  • This is just another family on the bludge, using a compliant media who fail to do basic research.

Words that rhyme with bludge

adjudge, begrudge, budge, drudge, fudge, grudge, judge, misjudge, nudge, pudge, sludge, smudge, trudge

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