Definition of swing the lead in English:

swing the lead

phrase

British
informal
  • Shirk one's duty; malinger.

    • ‘On the other hand, we all know that there are thousands who are swinging the lead in trying to milk the system for all it's worth.’
    • ‘Now we all have families, mortgages and bills to pay (council tax included) the same as everybody else, would you swing the lead losing that amount of money?’
    • ‘His bluntness did not always make him popular, particularly with those he thought were swinging the lead, but his team were always focussed.’
    • ‘It's not as if I can pull a sickie either, Tracy can tell when I'm swinging the lead.’
    • ‘Apparently life begins at 40-which will come as something of a relief to any of us who've been swinging the lead for the past few decades.’
    • ‘As I'm covering classes this year frankly no-one is going to care whether I'm there or not, it's just the idea that they might think I'm swinging the lead that worries me.’
    • ‘It's not so much that people are swinging the lead, but that the benefits culture of dependency creates a depression which is hard to get out of.’
    • ‘Employers criticise us for writing lines for employees who they claim are swinging the lead.’
    • ‘It was upsetting because the last thing I would ever have done was swing the lead.’
    pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness, pretend to be an invalid, sham, shirk, skulk
    malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness, pretend to be an invalid, sham, shirk, skulk
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