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Scrimshank

Scrimshank

BEING AN EVOCATIVE WORD, RECOVERED FROM ARAB DESERTS BY A MAN OF ADVENTURESOME RENOWN, ABLE TO UNDERCUT MEN WITH A SINGLE STROKE!

v. — to shirk duty

fm. obscure origins, though evidently military slang to begin with. Similarly obscure is scrimshaw, which means carvings and handicrafts created by sailors at sea. (That’s right—today’s word is a twofer.)

first published. 1890

inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary

I was furious with him…Gasim, a gap-toothed, grumbling fellow, scrimshank in all our marches, bad-tempered, suspicious, brutal.”
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926

Scrimshank

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