from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of skive.
  • n. A piece made in skiving (the paring or splitting of leather), especially the part from the inner, or flesh, side.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of paring or splitting leather or skins.
  • n. A piece made in paring or splitting leather; specifically, the part from the inner, or flesh, side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The operation of taking off the rough fleshy parts from the inner surface of a skin by short oblique cuts with a curriers' knife.
  • n. The rejected thickness of leather of the flesh side, when leather is split for thin shoes and the like.


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  • Ms. Neithardt and a second instructor, Emily Putterman, who has taught shoemaking at Pratt Institute and the Fashion Institute of Technology, among other places, had led the students through the cobbler's steps: taping their lasts -- the forms upon which shoes are made -- to make a pattern molding; and "skiving" -- that is, planing or shaving -- the inner sole, which was fashioned from two kinds of leather and a steel shank. - News

  • Trophy Bonded bullets have had an enviable reputation as premium projectiles for the past quarter century, but now Federal has greatly improved them by adding a polymer tip, replacing the flat base with a boattail, adding exterior skiving (fracture lines) for improved expansion, and plating both the bullet and the case in nickel, which reduces fouling and eliminates case corrosion.

    Best New Rifle Ammo 2009: Federal Vital-Shok Trophy Bonded Tip

  • From there is progressed from trash duty to organizing the leather, soon moving on to cutting and skiving, and over the course of two and a half years, he became a full fledged apprentice, learning how to make his own shoes.

    Joy Yoon: The Well-Honed Craft of George Esquivel (PHOTOS)

  • Headlines tell me every one is skiving except the ticket issuers,

    Through The Looking Glass « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • England's eleven are being followed by the vast majority of their fellow countrymen, a third of whom will apparently be skiving off work to watch them, according to Sky News.

    Amanda Julius: The US Doesn't Care and England Won't Win, but Viva the Cup!

  • Hero performs regularly and worries that in the current system it appears she is skiving.

    Which school should I choose?

  • Remove almost all the bureaucracy, put those on little skiving jobs where they avoid criminals back out in the real world.


  • I liked what i read so went back to the beginning and have read the majority of the years (in a few weeks whilst skiving at work).

    Madame Bovary on the métro…

  • At the time, it was said that it was because of the enormous loss of productivity in the munitions factories due to the workers skiving off to play Ludo, as well as the large number of accidents said to be caused by over-tired workers who had lost sleep through playing the then popular all-night Ludo sessions.

    Government Liberalises Law

  • As I'd totally agree that - if you're doing something that's upsetting or imposing on other people, like skiving off work, stealing clients or spreading malicious rumours about colleagues - it's entirely fair and justified that you should be told asap to stop doing it.

    Bad Men


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