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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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A term coined by Terrson to represent a form of Jenga where one removes an article of clothing whenever the tower falls.
It was a fearsome sight indeed after the tower fell for the last time, after that, strip jenga was forever banned in the lounge.

<Terrson> My name shall not go down in history as the guy who codified Strip Jenga.
Guess again, Terrson.
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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.
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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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"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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do you have any skates?
There were a lot of people skating at the party.
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A term for a filthy, dirty Portsmouth fan. A skate is a type of fish, hinting that Portsmouth fans are all fish, or smell of fish.
Southampton are going to smash the filthy skates this season.
by Fidel'zz October 31, 2011
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