1. (also do a skate, skate off, skeet, skeete, skite) to rush off, to leave at speed, to go quickly.
|Charcoal Sketches (1865) 97: You must skeete, even if you have to cut high-dutchers with your irons loose.|
|Waggeries and Vagaries 77: Skeet, every daddy’s babby of you.|
|Chimmie Fadden Explains 20: Me business was t’ skate up t’ de lady, kneel down, grab her hand.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 62: Get your rags on, skate down there an’ holler out he’s mugged.|
|Varmint 225: I always do that with my fingers when I’m skating down the stairs.|
|DN III:viii 589: skite, v. To hurry. ‘You skite, now.’.‘Word-List From Western Indiana’ in|
|(con. 1908) Adventures of a Woman Hobo 83: You might be able to skate right through to Frisco in a week.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 115: You been skating round the tiles again, have you?|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/1: skate – get going.|
|Lowlife (2001) 174: You have a marvellous dog. He is going to skate home. You know his form, he always breaks away fast.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 68: [The bus] spins around the Centre point Synagogue and skates down Holborn.East in|
|Muvver Tongue 71: The other day I picked up a quick half-bar through backing a good thing in the National. It skated home.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 103/1: skate phr. do a skate to disappear hurriedly; aka skate off.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
2. (orig. US black) to get away with anything, to shirk one’s responsibilities, esp. to avoid paying one’s debts.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|Spook who Sat by the Door (1972) 17: He had been an athlete who had skated through college on his fame.|
|(con. c.1970) Short Timers (1985) 11: Only shitbirds try to avoid work, only shitbirds try to skate.|
|Lowspeak 129: Skate – to go through a ticket barrier on the underground without paying.|
|Homicide (1993) 331: They could both skate any controversy by sacrificing Worden.|
|Rope Burns 202: No racist white man muhfuh born of a woman would dis him and skate.|
|The Force [ebook] A dealer talks to you for money or drugs, to skate on a charge or to fuck a rival dealer.|
3. to perform or make something, e.g. an essay or a meal, quickly.
|Current Sl. I:3 7/1: Skate, v. To hurry [...] I skated through that test.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 6: skate [...] to put little effort into something.|
|Drylongso 110: You can skate along if you’re paddy [...] but with us it’s the reverend thing or your behind.|
4. (US prison) to be in a forbidden area of the prison.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Skating: Being in an area of the prison you are not allowed, especially another housing unit. Being ‘out of place’.|
(US) one who runs off (and escapes paying a bill).
|New York Day by Day 28 Jan. [synd. col.] There are many prominent skaters in the Tenderloin, but their skating is of quite a different variety [i.e. to ice-skating], although they are quite proficient in weaving in and out of swinging doors.|
to take advantage of.
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 286: That slimy prick’s skatin’ on us.|
see sense 1 above.