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lead-swinger

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Definition of lead-swinger in English:

noun

British informal
A person who shirks their duty; an idler.
Example sentences
  • Demonstrating that the issue has management attention will impact on the lead-swingers and reduce sickness absences immediately.
  • The lead-swingers began to drop out early and were assigned different duties.
  • If I had stayed in the orderly room much longer, I should have become a lead-swinger too.

Origin

early 20th century: from the phrase swing the lead.

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