lead-swinger

noun
\ ˈledˌswiŋə(r) \

Definition of lead-swinger

chiefly Australia
: shirker, slacker especially : malingerer the sick and the lame, the halt and the lead-swinger — I. L. Idriess

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History and Etymology for lead-swinger

lead entry 4 + swinger (one that swings); perhaps from the belief of some sailors that the leadsman's job is an easy one

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“Lead-swinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead-swinger. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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