swing the lead

swing the lead

  (British & Australian old-fashioned)
to pretend to be ill so that you do not have to work (usually in continuous tenses) And is she genuinely ill or is she just swinging the lead?
See swing the balance
See also: lead, swing
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That threw his authority with players willing to swing the lead into question and his standing with the fans.
When you spoke to him, you realised he wasn't just a superstar up to swing the lead out on his career, even if the 12 starts he made - eight of which saw him hooked - and PS1m it cost reeked of sentimentality.
No-one wants a minority of people to swing the lead but the vast majority of those who need welfare services and benefits - and they could be any of us - don't take the proverbial and deserve much better than this.
It will always be the case that some people will turn up to work when they are very unwell while others will use the slightest sniffle as an excuse to swing the lead.
However, could home advantage be enough to swing the lead back to England during the summer of 2012?
But Munster never give in and after O'Gara had landed two earlier penalties to swing the lead back from the Ospreys, the Ireland No10 did it again with a simple penalty which leaves the Ospreys needing a miracle.
Birmingham City Council's personnel boss has warned managers and workers who swing the lead that there will be ''no hiding place'' under a new human resources system being introduced this month.
The Government is trying to crack down on the benefits cheats who swing the lead.
Undoubtedly, a minority swing the lead, happy to survive on benefits and earn a bit on the side.
And government snoops - known as "employment advisers" - will patrol surgeries looking for patients who have been allowed to swing the lead too easily.
Matlock scored 11 points individually in the meet; his fourth-place finish in the men's 200, behind the victory of teammate Wes Felix, helped swing the lead to the Trojans, and he was third in the 400.
It was a deliberate decision, though, and certainly not an excuse to swing the lead as Blues bid to maintain their new role as the biggest club in the Midlands after finishing above rivals Aston Villa last season.
Blaydon MP Dave Anderson said: "No one wants a minority of people to swing the lead but the vast majority of those who need welfare services and benefits - and they could be any of us - don't take the proverbial and deserve much better than this.
Pages 8-9 NEWS 14-22 No hiding place Birmingham City Council's personnel boss has warned managers and workers who swing the lead that there will be ''no hiding place'' under a new human resources system being introduced this month.