bludge

bludge

[bluhj] Australian.
verb (used with object), bludged, bludging.
1.
to shirk.
2.
to impose on (someone).
noun
3.
an easy task.

Origin:
1915–20; false analysis of bludgeon (v.) gives phrase bludge on to impose on; back formation from bludgeon (noun) gives bludge (v.) to use a bludgeon, whence bludger bully, especially a harlot's bully, pimp, hence shirker, whence bludge (v.) to shirk

bludger, noun
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bludge (blʌdʒ)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by on)
1.  to scrounge from (someone)
2.  (intr) to evade work
3.  archaic (intr) to act as a pimp
 
n
4.  a very easy task; undemanding employment
 
[C19: back formation from slang bludger pimp, from bludgeon]

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Main Entry:  bludge1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to shirk or avoid work; also bludge on
Etymology:  back formation of bludger 'someone who imposes'
Usage:  Australian slang; bludged, bludging
Main Entry:  bludge2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to impose on or live off others; also bludge on
Etymology:  back formation of bludger 'someone who imposes'
Usage:  Australian slang; bludged, bludging
Main Entry:  bludge
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an easy task; a job or task which entails no work
Etymology:  back formation of bludger 'someone who imposes'
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bludge
"shirk responsibility," 1919, Australian and New Zealand slang, earlier "be a prostitute's pimp," from bludger "pimp" (1856), short for bludgeoner (see bludgeon).
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