gold bricker

goldbrick

[gohld-brik for 1, 2; gohld-brik for 3–5]
noun
1.
Informal. a brick made to look like gold, sold by a swindler.
2.
Informal. anything supposed to be valuable but which turns out to be worthless.
3.
Also, goldbricker. Slang. a person, especially a soldier, who shirks responsibility or performs duties without proper effort or care.
verb (used without object) Slang.
4.
to shirk responsibility or perform halfheartedly; loaf.
verb (used with object)
5.
to swindle; cheat.

Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; gold + brick

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goldbrick

noun
1. a soldier who performs his duties without proper care or effort 
2. an idle worthless person 
3. a brick-shaped block that looks like gold but is not 
4. anything that is supposed to be valuable but turns out to be worthless 

verb
1. deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" 
2. avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier shirked his duties" [syn: fiddle
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