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’
    • ‘We are reneging on our arrangements, reneging on treaties, and relying - bludging - on our neighbours.’
    • ‘‘The kids were not bludging off society,’ says Graham.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their country has realised that it cannot be invaded unless ours is first, and is therefore bludging off our defence budget.’
    • ‘I have irrefutable proof that they don't come here to work, they come here to bludge.’
    • ‘They bludged off us by opening fruit shops and working 24 hours a day.’
    • ‘As it happens, I have nothing to do, but I feel too agitated to bludge efficiently.’
    • ‘Yes, there are people who prefer to bludge off the system, but don't tar everyone with the same brush.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a nice redundancy payout like this, I'm going to bludge for a week or two.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I'm making a point of finding new work to do tonight so that the managers realise that I am not deliberately bludging.’
    • ‘Well, they may have for a short time, but since 2001 those people have been bludging on the dole.’
    • ‘Yet there's been this characterisation that they're all bludging, and that they find this [benefit] to be a safe haven.’
    • ‘He does get a pension from the government, but realistically he's bludging off Lea.’
    • ‘I want the party to explain to the public what it is doing bludging on the taxpayer.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let dad find his way back to Wanganui by bus or by bludging a lift with a friend.’
      • ‘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.’
      scrounge, beg, borrow
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NZ, Australian
  • An easy job or assignment.

    ‘that night shift must be the biggest bludge on earth’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘This is just another family on the bludge, using a compliant media who fail to do basic research.’
      • ‘They are flat broke and will probably go on the bludge expecting us to pay for their expensive art exhibition.’
      • ‘Good on the Baltic countries for sorting out their own stuff and taking a bit of pain instead of going on the bludge.’
      • ‘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.’


Late 19th century: back-formation from bludger.