nounAustralian /NZ informal, dated
1.1 Mining An unproductive claim or mine.
- The unsuccessful diggers would declare their holes blanks, duffers, or shicers, and dedicate them to the Queen.
- To keep friends with such a cast of mind, whose motto is Nelson's, you must do your duty; never mind if you sink a shicer, bottom your shaft any how.
- I think the practical miner, who had been hard at work night and day, for the last four or six months, and, after all, had just bottomed a shicer, objected to the tax itself, because he could not possibly afford to pay it.
Mid 19th century: from German Scheisser 'contemptible person'.
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