Definition of scrimshank in English:

scrimshank

verb

[no object]British
informal
  • (especially of a person in the armed services) shirk one's duty.

    ‘I was just telling Hilary we saw him scrimshanking yesterday’
    • ‘His step-mother accused him of loitering, of scrimshanking, of scornfully dishing up half-plates of food - more than he had earned, she sneered.’
    • ‘While their regiment marches back and forth across India, they spend their time boozing, brawling and scrimshanking.’
    malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness
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Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

scrimshank

/ˈskrɪmʃaŋk/