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Pronunciation: /skʌɪv
 
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British informal

verb

[no object]
Avoid work or a duty by staying away or leaving early; shirk: I skived off school [with object]: she used to skive lessons
More 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.
Synonyms
malinger, pretend to be ill, feign/fake illness;
play truant, truant;
avoid work, evade one's duty, shirk, skulk, idle;
North American cut
British informal bunk off, swing the lead, wag, scrimshank, dodge the column
Irish informal mitch off
North American informal goldbrick, play hookey, goof off
Australian/New Zealand informal play the wag

noun

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1An instance of avoiding work or a duty by staying away or leaving early.
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.
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.

Origin

late 19th century (originally US college slang): probably from French esquiver 'slink away'.

Derivatives

skiver

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noun
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
informal do-nothing, slacker, cyberslacker, passenger
British informal lead-swinger, scrimshanker
North American informal gold brick, goof-off
Australian/New Zealand informal bludger
French archaic fainéant

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Pronunciation: /skʌɪv
 
/

verb

[with object] technical
Pare (the edge of a piece of leather or other material) so as to reduce its thickness: to join two ends of a strap, the ends are skived
More example sentences
  • Bitspower's skiving technique seems a great way to remove the thermal junction between base and fins.

Origin

early 19th century: from Old Norse skífa; related to shive.

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