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bludge

[bluhj] /blʌdʒ/
verb (used with object), bludged, bludging.
1.
to shirk.
2.
to impose on (someone).
noun
3.
an easy task.
Origin
1915-1920
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
Related forms
bludger, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bludger

bludger

/ˈblʌdʒə/
noun (Austral & NZ, informal)
1.
a person who scrounges
2.
a person who avoids work
3.
a person in authority regarded as ineffectual by those working under him

bludge

/blʌdʒ/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by on. to scrounge from (someone)
2.
(intransitive) to evade work
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to act as a pimp
noun
4.
a very easy task; undemanding employment
Word Origin
C19: back formation from slang bludger pimp, from bludgeon
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Word Origin and History for bludger
n.

"prostitute's pimp," 1856, short for bludgeoner, agent noun from bludgeon (v.).

bludge

v.

"shirk responsibility," 1919, Australian and New Zealand slang, earlier "be a prostitute's pimp," from bludger "pimp."

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