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- n. Plural form of scrimshanker.
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When men "went sick" they were labelled scrimshankers and struck off the course.
'E's' ard on the shirkers and scrimshankers -- e's the sort of bloke what would give you a dose o 'castor oil for earache or frost-bitten feet, but' e's like a mother with the wounded.