verb[no object] British • informal
- (Especially of a person in the armed services) shirk one’s duty: I was just telling Hilary we saw him scrimshanking yesterdayMore example sentences
- His step-mother accused him of loitering, of scrimshanking, of scornfully dishing up half-plates of food - more than he had earned, she sneered.
- While their regiment marches back and forth across India, they spend their time boozing, brawling and scrimshanking.
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- ‘He was a real skiver and scrimshanker, saved by the love of a wonderful woman,’ he said.
- Id campaign to do that, but it sounds like hard work, and Im a bit of a scrimshanker, a mere ersatz of a campaigner.
- If it is necessary to wage wars, the world's strongest nation needs a man with abilities, not a scrimshanker with an IQ of 100 meters farm track.
late 19th century: of unknown origin.