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skate1

[skeyt] /skeɪt/
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
1640-1650
1640-50; orig. plural scates < Dutch schaats (singular) skate, Middle Dutch schaetse stilt (compare Medieval Latin scatia) < ?
Related forms
skateable, adjective

skate2

[skeyt] /skeɪt/
noun, plural (especially collectively) skate (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) skates.
1.
any of several rays of the genus Raja, usually having a pointed snout, as R. binoculata (big skate) inhabiting waters along the Pacific coast of the U.S., growing to a length of 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Origin
1300-50; Middle English scate < Old Norse skati

skate3

[skeyt] /skeɪt/
noun, Slang.
1.
a person; fellow:
He's a good skate.
2.
a contemptible person.
3.
an inferior, decrepit horse; nag.
Origin
perhaps special use of skate2
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British Dictionary definitions for skates

skate1

/skeɪt/
noun
2.
the steel blade or runner of an ice skate
3.
such a blade fitted with straps for fastening to a shoe
4.
a current collector on an electric railway train that collects its current from a third rail Compare bow collector
5.
get one's skates on, to hurry
verb (intransitive)
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
Word Origin
C17: via Dutch from Old French éschasse stilt, probably of Germanic origin

skate2

/skeɪt/
noun (pl) skate, skates
1.
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
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse skata

skate3

/skeɪt/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a person; fellow
Word Origin
from Scottish and northern English dialect skate, a derogatory term of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for skates
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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Slang definitions & phrases for skates

skate

noun

An inferior horse: They'd kill that bunch of skates for their hides (1894+)

verb
  1. To default a debt; avoid paying (1930s+ Black)
  2. To leave; split (1915+)
  3. To evade duty; goldbrick, goof off: The gunny accuses you of trying to skate (WWII armed forces)

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Idioms and Phrases with skates
In addition to the idiom beginning with
skate
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