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malinger

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Definition avoid responsibilities and duties — typically by pretending to be ill

or (more rarely):  to be slow
  • They accused me of malingering and insisted I visit their doctor.
malingering = avoiding responsibilities and duties by pretending to be sick
  • She estimates that about a third of those making a legal claim for a pain disorder are malingering.
  • malingering = avoiding responsibilities and duties by pretending to be sick
  • We distinguish between pure and partial malingering of post-traumatic stress. Are symptoms real, feigned or exaggerated?
  • malingering = avoiding responsibilities and duties by pretending to be sick
  • Each day over the next few months, Van Rensburg would charge one of us for insubordination or malingering.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • malingering = avoiding duties by pretending to be sick
  • Pike, the malingerer, who, in his lifetime of deceit, had often successfully feigned a hurt leg, was now limping in earnest.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • Ed Seger, the doctor who examined George, mysteriously concluded that he was not mentally ill but was "malingering" or faking symptoms of mental illness.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • malingering = avoiding responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  •   Nor did Eurylochus malinger by the hull;
      he straggled behind the rest,
      dreading the sharp blast of my rebuke.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • malinger = avoid responsibilities or duties
  • We've issued administrative punishments for malingering, but this is more like mutiny.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • malingering = avoiding duties by pretending to be sick
  •   "I'm sick. Honest," she said. "It might be cancer."
      "Phoebe, I know you're worried, but there's nothing we can do but wait. We have to go on with things. We can't malinger."
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • malinger = avoid responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • Usually Mr. Birkway would let people go to the bathroom or to the nurse, but this time he said, "Let's not malinger!"
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • malinger = avoid responsibilities
  • "Malingering at the quarry," he might say, at which Van Rensburg would look smug.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • malingering = avoiding duties by pretending to be sick
  • She looked up malinger and read the definition: "To pretend to be ill in order to escape duty or work."
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • malinger = avoid responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  •   "We can't what?" Phoebe said."
      "Malinger."
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • malinger = avoid responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • One night there was a heavy snowfall, and in the morning Pike, the malingerer, did not appear.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • One of the warders then reported to Kellerman that Andrew Masondo and I had not been working, and we were to be charged with malingering and insubordination.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • malingering = avoiding duties by pretending to be sick
  • I am not malingering.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • malingering = avoiding responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • When he saw Pike, one of the new dogs, a clever malingerer and thief, slyly steal a slice of bacon when Perrault's back was turned, he duplicated the performance the following day, getting away with the whole chunk.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • Pike, the malingerer, leaped upon the crippled animal, breaking its neck with a quick flash of teeth and a jerk, Buck got a frothing adversary by the throat, and was sprayed with blood when his teeth sank through the jugular.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • Johnnie told me that any time a malingerer wanted to get out of work he told you he was sick and you gave him a day off.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If the woman refused, they would report to the office that the woman was a malingerer.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy

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