from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unproductive mine; a duffer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian name for a mine which produces no valuable ore. Also called a duffer.
  • n. A worthless or despicable person; specifically, one who does not pay debts of honor. Compare shyster.


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  • A 'shicer' is first a mining claim which turns out to be useless, and then anything that does so.

    Town Life in Australia

  • Staggering home to the tent after nightfall he would have been sure, sooner or later, to fall into a dry shicer and break his neck, or into a wet one and be drowned.

    Australia Felix

  • “A reg-lar ol’ shicer!” was the unanimous opinion, expressed without scruple.

    Australia Felix


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