Definition of lead-swinger in English:

lead-swinger

noun

British
informal
  • A person who shirks their duty; an idler.

    • ‘If I had stayed in the orderly room much longer, I should have become a lead-swinger too.’
    • ‘A member of the public condemned what he called the lead-swingers of the council.’
    • ‘The lead-swingers began to drop out early and were assigned different duties.’
    • ‘When I hear about panic attacks, I immediately think: lead swinger.’
    • ‘Demonstrating that the issue has management attention will impact on the lead-swingers and reduce sickness absences immediately.’
    idler, good-for-nothing, ne'er-do-well, do-nothing, loafer, lounger, shirker, sluggard, slug, laggard, slugabed, malingerer, parasite, leech
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Origin

Early 20th century: from the phrase swing the lead.