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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."
by AKACroatalin April 19, 2015
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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.
by S1ber July 08, 2010
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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.
by Arnie Schiffer May 11, 2008
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Its skateboard not rollerblade(fruit booter).
by cartman5000 July 27, 2004
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do you have any skates?
There were a lot of people skating at the party.
by Jennbaby December 15, 2008
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"Look baby, if you ain't gonna give me no ass, Imo hafta skate."
by The Hawk October 03, 2002
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"Yo bro did you brings some skates, I wanna make sure this weighs 3.5"
by Alec of the Jungle February 15, 2007
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