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skive 1

 (skīv)
tr.v. skived, skiv·ing, skives
To cut thin layers off (leather or rubber, for example); pare.

[Of Scandinavian origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

skive 2

 (skīv)
intr.v. skived, skiv·ing, skives Chiefly British Slang
To avoid work or duty; shirk.

[Perhaps from French esquiver, to dodge (from Spanish, esquivar or Italian, eschivare, both ultimately of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scēoh, shy) or from English dialectal skive, to move quickly.]
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While she's busy in her new job as party-planner he's skiving off work to go and mix cocktails at The Bistro, pictured.
While she's busy in her new job as partyplanner he's skiving off work to go and mix cocktails at The Bistro, pictured.
I have frailties like every human being," says Flowers - not understanding that most people's frailties amount to telling a few porkies, skiving at work or overdoing the wine at dinner.
Well don't you moan and don't you groan Just take out a pay day loan Don't decry your low paid temporary part time job Better than being classed as a skiving yob.
More than half who would still go into work claimed it was because bosses would think they were skiving.
Skiving Councils remain one of the last bastions of union-sanctioned skiving and successive administrations, whether Tory, Labour or coalition, have failed to tackle this very Brummie malaise.
One of the time-consuming problems of OTR retreading had been rebuilding of the shoulder area after buffing and skiving.
A survey of almost 2,000 adults by Lloydspharmacy found that a third were worried their employer would think they were skiving if they took time off ill.
Saintly lawyer Toadie's being a bit of a rebel by skiving off work to spend time with his girlfriend?
Italy-based OP, the manufacturer of hydraulic hose and tubing processing equipment, has introduced the new SPF6 skiving machine which will soon replace the SPF4 and SPF3 models which are no longer manufactured.
Lester winning all those races on Raffingora, skiving off school to see Operatic Society at Brighton, Grundy v Bustino, Jonjo lifting Dawn Run home from the second-last in the Gold Cup, AP galvanising Wichita Lineman into the most improbable win ever, AP kidding Kennel Hill to win the time before last - but the Grand National was something else.
A DELIVERY man axed for skiving yesterday won pounds 3,000 after claiming his woman boss was a bully.