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This is Westcountry slang dating back to before the First World War. Skates are very slippery fish and the name was applied to people who had slippery natures in that they were untrustworthy, would try to avoid giving information or were just not very likeable. The use of the name expanded to include people who were wheeler dealers or people who do a lot of ducking and diving but no actual work. The name is disparaging but at the same time may hold just a hint of reluctant admiration. It is, however, a warning as a skate has no conscience and is totally unscrupulous and untrustworthy. The term is believed to have been used extensively by the British armed forces and was used to describe someone who was a slippery customer, fishy and who avoided their share of the work.
"Watch yourself with him, he's a bit of a skate."
av AKACroatalin 19 april 2015

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Its skateboard not rollerblade(fruit booter).
Skateboarding kicks ass.
av cartman5000 27 juli 2004

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Military acronym used as steps to accomplish skating, aka: avoiding work.
S= Seek Cover
K= Keep Quiet
A= Accept No Responsibility
T= Take No Action
E= Evade
Use S.K.A.T.E. to accomplish effective skating.
av S1ber 8 juli 2010

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(verb) to leave.
"Look baby, if you ain't gonna give me no ass, Imo hafta skate."
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Originates from Naval sailors of Portsmouth in England getting lonely while at sea. These sick individuals would get a skate fish, slit it in half and nail it to a board. This would then be used to provide sexual pleasure.

Hence people from Portsmouth are known as Skates.
Harry Redknapp is a skate. Peter Crouch used to be a skate but he's alright now.
av Oliver Cuntwell 12 augusti 2006

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Military terminology meaning any service member who avoids his duties.
Private Jones is a real skate. This is the fifth time this month he avoided garbage detail.
av Arnie Schiffer 11 maj 2008

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to goof off or take it easy.
That job is skate duty. You fuckers have been skating and didn't get the job done.
av Bob L 3 juli 2003

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