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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shift for evasion or delay; an evasion; an excuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An excuse; a shift for evasion or delay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pretext for delay or inaction
  • v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
  • v. take away the enthusiasm of
  • v. hold back to a later time
  • v. cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
  • v. cause to feel embarrassment

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