bludge
verb (bludged; bludging) Etymology: back-formation from British argot bludger pimp, probably contraction of bludgeoner one wielding a bludgeon, from bludgeon Date: circa 1919 intransitive verb 1. chiefly Australian & New Zealand to avoid work or responsibility 2. chiefly Australian & New Zealand sponge 2 transitive verb chiefly Australian & New Zealand sponge 3 • bludger noun, chiefly Australian & New Zealand

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bludge — [ blʌdʒ ] verb intransitive or transitive AUSTRALIAN INFORMAL to get things from other people without paying for them ╾ bludg|er noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bludge — (v.) shirk responsibility, 1919, Australian and New Zealand slang, earlier be a prostitute s pimp, from BLUDGER (Cf. bludger) pimp …   Etymology dictionary

  • bludge — [c]/blʌdʒ / (say bluj) Colloquial –verb (bludged, bludging) –verb (i) 1. to evade responsibilities. 2. to be idle; do nothing: we spent Saturday just bludging around the house. 3. → pimp (def. 4). –verb (t) 4. to cadge. –noun 5. a job which… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bludge — bludger, n. /bluj/, v., bludged, bludging, n. Australian. v.t. 1. to shirk. 2. to impose on (someone). n. 3. an easy task. [1915 20; false analysis of BLUDGEON (v.) gives phrase bludge on to impose on; back formation from BLUDGEON (n.) gives… …   Universalium

  • Bludge — 1. (originally) to pimp; live on the earnings of a prostitute; 2. to waste time, as lesson time or work time; 3. to cadge: Can I bludge a piece of your pie? ; 4. a job, task, etc. which entails next to no work: This class is an absolute bludge …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • bludge — I Australian Slang 1. (originally) to pimp; live on the earnings of a prostitute; 2. to waste time, as lesson time or work time; 3. to cadge: Can I bludge a piece of your pie? ; 4. a job, task, etc. which entails next to no work: This class is an …   English dialects glossary

  • bludge — UK [blʌdʒ] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms bludge : present tense I/you/we/they bludge he/she/it bludges present participle bludging past tense bludged past participle bludged Australian informal to get things from other people… …   English dictionary

  • bludge — v. & n. Austral. & NZ sl. v.intr. avoid work. n. an easy job or assignment. Phrases and idioms: bludge on impose on. Etymology: back form. f. BLUDGER …   Useful english dictionary

  • bludge — 1. noun a) The act of bludging. b) Easy work. 2. verb a) To avoid ones responsibilities. b) To do nothing, to be idle. Syn: idle …   Wiktionary

  • bludge — to sponge off others; as in dole bludger …   Kiwi (New Zealand slang)

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