Malinger is a verb meaning to fake illness or injury in order to get out of work, school, or other responsibilities. People who malinger often do it to get sympathy or to avoid difficult conversations.

  • He was caught malingering and was fired from his job.

  • She was caught malingering and was suspended from school.

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Example Sentences for malingering

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    I can't know whether the man was sick or malingering.

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    Don't lie malingering there, or I'll take my feet to you.

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    He's just trying to malinger.

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    There are too many malingers in this school.

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    I malingered to avoid my duties.

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    The proceedings resumed after McMahon determined he was malingering.

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    Skulking, shirking, malingering, were all established tactics as it appeared.

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    For all the vital work at the wartime Navy Yard, there was, of course, malingering.

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    Company detectives have also been making covert use of GPS devices to follow employees suspected of theft or malingering.

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    More women than men have the syndrome, and many people who have it feel brushed off by doctors, labeled neurotic or malingering.