Definition of bludge in English:



[NO OBJECT]NZ, Australian
  • 1Shirk responsibility and live off the efforts of others.

    ‘they were sick of bludging on the public’
    • ‘‘The kids were not bludging off society,’ says Graham.’
    • ‘He does get a pension from the government, but realistically he's bludging off Lea.’
    • ‘They bludged off us by opening fruit shops and working 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘Their country has realised that it cannot be invaded unless ours is first, and is therefore bludging off our defence budget.’
    • ‘With a nice redundancy payout like this, I'm going to bludge for a week or two.’
    • ‘Yes, there are people who prefer to bludge off the system, but don't tar everyone with the same brush.’
    • ‘Well, they may have for a short time, but since 2001 those people have been bludging on the dole.’
    • ‘I want the party to explain to the public what it is doing bludging on the taxpayer.’
    • ‘I'm trying to convince people I need to come along, simply because it will involve a free plane trip and I can bludge for a few days.’
    • ‘But I can't agree with that, I don't think that is the big issue, I think the big issue is about them bludging on an Australian product and not putting enough back into it.’
    • ‘This one friend has been shrieking about her exes, and in particular, how one of them just keeps bludging on her, and how she keeps him happy by giving him $500 a month.’
    • ‘As it happens, I have nothing to do, but I feel too agitated to bludge efficiently.’
    • ‘‘We've had a lot of members for a long time pissed off about non-members bludging on the union for a long time,’ he says.’
    • ‘There I was thinking I would bludge off one of the nominated bands, and my informant tells me that even the nominees only get two tickets to share between them!’
    • ‘Yet there's been this characterisation that they're all bludging, and that they find this [benefit] to be a safe haven.’
    • ‘I have irrefutable proof that they don't come here to work, they come here to bludge.’
    • ‘Oh how my heart bleeds for those poor, poor workers that got nearly all their ‘entitlements’ courtesy of the Australian taxpayer after bludging for years in a union-sheltered workshop.’
    • ‘I'm making a point of finding new work to do tonight so that the managers realise that I am not deliberately bludging.’
    • ‘We are reneging on our arrangements, reneging on treaties, and relying - bludging - on our neighbours.’
    • ‘The popular view is though that these people that have turned up, through people smuggling, are bludging on the good will of Australia and should be sent back home.’
    evade one's duty, be remiss, be negligent, skulk, play truant, malinger
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    1. 1.1with object Seek to obtain (something) at the expense or through the generosity of others.
      ‘the girls bludged smokes’
      • ‘When he's not absent through incarceration, dad bludges smokes from his kids and beats up their mum.’
      • ‘Open car doors for the shortest time possible otherwise they'll bludge a lift in a great swarm on the windscreen.’
      • ‘A few months later he returned and went collecting stories about the dog that became a legend in the 70s, travelling around the country, hitching lifts, bludging food and making friends.’
      • ‘Slinking outside like the mere serf I was, I realised I could use this as another toilet bludging opportunity - besides, there was that magazine to be read.’
      • ‘Let dad find his way back to Wanganui by bus or by bludging a lift with a friend.’
      scrounge, beg, borrow
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NZ, Australian
  • An easy job or assignment.

    ‘that night shift must be the biggest bludge on earth’
    • ‘Got this assessment in Chemistry, but otherwise, it was a bludge really… You?’
    • ‘Have the bludge shift at work today, Sunshine's surprise party tomorrow, and a very special concert on Saturday.’
    • ‘At high school Fahd wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life her life, but ended up studying art at school because ‘it was kind of a bludge.’’
    • ‘I nodded as I looked around. ‘That's got nothing to do with artistic talent coming with blond hair, it's just that art lessons are generally a huge bludge, and that's what they're looking for.’
    • ‘French however; was a bludge, while the teacher spoke, I drew little love hearts in the back of my exercise book.’
    easy task, easy job, child's play, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, nothing, sinecure, gravy train
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  • on the bludge

    • informal Shirking responsibility and living off the efforts of others.

      ‘they are on the bludge looking for good times at the taxpayers' expense’
      • ‘Good on the Baltic countries for sorting out their own stuff and taking a bit of pain instead of going on the bludge.’
      • ‘They are flat broke and will probably go on the bludge expecting us to pay for their expensive art exhibition.’
      • ‘It is often stated by sycophants on the bludge, that, "If it isn't broken, then don't fix it."’
      • ‘It makes companies go on the bludge rather than work towards a profit.’
      • ‘This is just another family on the bludge, using a compliant media who fail to do basic research.’


Late 19th century: back-formation from bludger.