dodge the column

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dodge the column

To avoid doing some job or task. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, she's not really sick—she's just trying to dodge the column and leave me with all her work!
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dodge the column

shirk your duty; avoid work. British informal
Column is a military term which refers to the usual formation of troops for marching.
See also: column, dodge
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In other words, he can legitimately put out a shadow team against the Italians without being accused of dodging the column.