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1Australian NZ Boast:‘she did it just so that she could skite about it’
boast, brag, trumpet, show off, bluster, swagger, swank, gloat, be smug, congratulate oneself, preen oneself, pride oneself, pat oneself on the back, sing one's own praisesView synonyms
- ‘The Government is out there saying how wonderful it is, skiting about its massive surplus of $5.6 billion.’
- ‘Most of the authors did not write their poems with the aim of skiting about the town.’
- ‘And to this day he can skite to one and all that he finished within three minutes of the qualifying time plus an hour!’
- ‘It's easy to fall into the terrible sin of skiting.’
- ‘But having skited, it could hardly expect the hoi polloi to discern between true cash and pre-spent cash, or between capital and other spending commitments.’
2[with adverbial of direction] Move quickly and forcefully, especially when glancing off a surface:‘rain skited off her coat’
speed, race, sail, streak, shoot, sweep, skim, whip, whizz, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, careerView synonyms
- ‘A slight deflection from the toe of Jackie McNamara skited the ball beyond the keeper's reach.’
- ‘Nilah scowled through her glasses at the pools of blue skiting back and forth across her face, trying to understand the sudden change of attitude in her.’
- ‘Forfeiting the opportunity to send in a high ball for the heads of the giant defenders, he instead skited it across the greasy deck.’
- ‘Show-off teenage boys with their own skates sped about the rink, skidding and skiting between more unsteady punters.’
1Australian NZ A boaster.
self-seeker, egocentric, egomaniac, self admirer, narcissistView synonyms
- ‘If you don't get a handle on that insufferable smugness of yours, you'll grow up to be just like that name-dropping skite on the radio.’
- ‘So I slunk back to National where there is less talk of skites and bludgers.’
- 1.1[mass noun] Boasting; boastfulness.
boldness, bold manner, swagger, swaggering, bluster, swashbucklingView synonyms
- ‘The thing was one long skite tape for Trump and his world of 24-carat gold taps, fawning flunkeys and too much golf.’
2Scottish A period of heavy drinking:‘he only drank brandy when he was on a skite’drinking bout, bingeView synonyms
Early 18th century (in skite): perhaps of Old Norse origin; compare with skit.
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