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verb[no object] informal mainly Irish
Play truant from school.
malinger, pretend to be ill, fake illness, feign illness
- ‘we're looking for three young fellows who've mitched from school’
- ‘he would mitch school and go down to the docks’
- ‘Playing truant from school is mitching in Ulster; twagging in East Yorkshire; slamming in Bradford; jigging in York; skidging in Paisley in Scotland; and skiving almost everywhere.’
- ‘‘There was a little bit of punishment enforced because they were more interested in the fact that I had been mitching from school.’’
- ‘It is the young Thomas, mitching off school to play in the park or write poetry at home, that the Welsh prefer to remember.’
- ‘If a child attends school regularly, that family should get more benefits than those families where the kids are constantly mitching.’
- ‘In the years to follow his attempts at mitching involved forging letters from his mother to the Patrician brother excusing his presence at school.’
Late Middle English (in the obsolete sense ‘pilfer’): apparently from Old French muchier ‘hide, lurk’; compare with mooch.
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