bludge

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verb \ˈbləj\

Definition of bludge

bludged

;

bludging

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly Australia and New Zealand :  to avoid work or responsibility

  3. 2 chiefly Australia and New Zealand :  sponge 2

  4. transitive verb
  5. chiefly Australia and New Zealand :  sponge 3

bludger

play noun, chiefly Australia and New Zealand

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Though they can be annoying, people who bludge - bludgers - are relatively harmless. On the other hand, a bully armed with a bludgeon - a bludgeoner - can cause serious harm. In the 19th century, bludgeoner was shortened to bludger and used as a slang word for "pimp." That bludger was certainly a kind of bully, one apparently willing to wield a bludgeon now and then to insure his livelihood. In the early 20th century, bludge became the verb for what a bludger does. By then, a somewhat softened bludger had appeared in Australia and New Zealand: the pimping and the bullying were eliminated, and the parasitical tendencies reduced to mere cadging or sponging.

Origin and Etymology of bludge

back-formation from British argot bludger pimp, probably contraction of bludgeoner one wielding a bludgeon, from bludgeon


First Known Use: 1899

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