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malinger
used in The Call of the Wild

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

or (more rarely):  to be slow
  • Pike, the malingerer, who, in his lifetime of deceit, had often successfully feigned a hurt leg, was now limping in earnest.
    Chapter 5 — The Toil of Trace and Trail (1% in)
malingerer = someone who avoids 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.
    Chapter 2 — The Law of Club and Fang (77% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 3 — The Dominant Primordial Beast (16% in)
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • One night there was a heavy snowfall, and in the morning Pike, the malingerer, did not appear.
    Chapter 3 — The Dominant Primordial Beast (52% in)
  • malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities by pretending to be sick
  • On the next day Koona went, and but five of them remained: Joe, too far gone to be malignant; Pike, crippled and limping, only half conscious and not conscious enough longer to malinger; Sol-leks, the one-eyed, still faithful to the toil of trace and trail, and mournful in that he had so little strength with which to pull; Teek, who had not travelled so far that winter and who was now beaten more than the others because he was fresher; and Buck, still at the head of the team, but no...
    Chapter 5 — The Toil of Trace and Trail (73% in)

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