So without further ado, today’s WotD is:
/skiv/ Brit. informal
• verb avoid work or a duty; shirk.
• noun an instance of shirking.
— DERIVATIVES skiver noun.
— ORIGIN perhaps from French esquiver ‘slink away’.
Pronounciation guide: as in Sky with the –ve sound from drive on the end
To skive is to evade doing one’s task or duty. Therefore, a skiver is someone who purposely avoids something. For example, a truant is someone who skives of school. In the workplace , a skiver would be the person who’s always late for meetings; the one who disappears when it’s their turn to make the coffee (the ultimate sin in my book).
Another usage would be (to) skive off.
I retreat … the language barrier still intact .