get ones skates on

skate

1 [skeyt]
noun
1.
ice skate ( def 1 ).
3.
the blade of an ice skate.
4.
a skid on a lifeboat to facilitate launching from a listing ship.
verb (used without object), skated, skating.
5.
to glide or propel oneself over ice, the ground, etc., on skates.
6.
to glide or slide smoothly along.
7.
Slang. to shirk one's duty; loaf.
8.
(of the tone arm on a record player) to swing toward the spindle while a record is playing.
verb (used with object), skated, skating.
9.
to slide (a flat) across the floor of a stage.
Idioms
10.
get/put one's skates on, British Informal. to make haste.
11.
skate on thin ice, to be or place oneself in a risky or delicate situation: Taking a public stand on the question would be skating on thin ice.

Origin:
1640–50; orig. plural scates < Dutch schaats (singular) skate, Middle Dutch schaetse stilt (compare Medieval Latin scatia) < ?

skateable, adjective
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skate1 (skeɪt)
 
n
1.  roller skate See ice skate
2.  the steel blade or runner of an ice skate
3.  such a blade fitted with straps for fastening to a shoe
4.  Compare bow collector a current collector on an electric railway train that collects its current from a third rail
5.  get one's skates on to hurry
 
vb
6.  to glide swiftly on skates
7.  to slide smoothly over a surface
8.  skate on thin ice to place oneself in a dangerous or delicate situation
 
[C17: via Dutch from Old French éschasse stilt, probably of Germanic origin]

skate2 (skeɪt)
 
n , pl skate, skates
any large ray of the family Rajidae, of temperate and tropical seas, having flat pectoral fins continuous with the head, two dorsal fins, a short spineless tail, and a long snout
 
[C14: from Old Norse skata]

skate3 (skeɪt)
 
n
slang (US) a person; fellow
 
[from Scottish and northern English dialect skate, a derogatory term of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

skate
type of flat, cartilaginous fish, mid-14c., from O.N. skata, of unknown origin.

skate
"ice skate or roller skate," 1662, skeates "ice skates" (the custom was brought to England after the Restoration by exiled followers of Charles II who had taken refuge in Holland), from Du. schaats (singular, mistaken in Eng. as plural), from M.Du. schaetse, from O.N.Fr. escache "a stilt, trestle,"
from O.Fr. eschace "stilt" (Fr. échasse), from Frank. *skakkja "stilt" (cf. Fris. skatja "stilt"), perhaps lit. "thing that shakes or moves fast" and related to root of O.E. sceacan "to vibrate" (see shake). Or perhaps the Du. word is connected to M.L.G. schenke, O.E. scanca "leg" (see shank). Sense alteration in Du. from "stilt" to "skate" is not clearly traced. The verb is attested from 1696; U.S. slang sense of "to get away with something" is attested from 1945.
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