5. omission, exception, exclusion, noninclusion, preclusion; disregard, ignoring, overlooking, passing over, preterition; oversight, miss, Inf. go-by, inadvertence; gap, break, hiatus, lacuna, interval; mistake, error, fault, flaw, slip, Inf. slip-up, Inf. miscue. skipper, n. sea captain, seaman, mariner; captain, commander, leader, master, boss; pilot, guide, conductor. skirmish, n. argument, altercation, dispute, tilt, row, quarrel, Inf. ruction, squabble, dustup, spat, tiff, Brit. Dial, fratch; encounter, meeting, engagement, confrontation, showdown; fight, battle, rencounter, struggle, conflict, scrimmage, tussle, bout, donnybrook, Scot. sturt, Inf. scrap, Inf. run-in; action, combat, brush, fray, affray; melee, fracas, uproar, brouhaha, free-for-all.
skirt, n. 1. kilt, dirndl, crinoline, Scot. and North
Eng. jupe, (in Tahiti) lava-lava, (in Tahiti) pareu; miniskirt, midiskirt, maxiskirt; All Inf. mini, midi, maxi.
2. Usu. skirts outskirts, outposts, outer limits, outlying districts; purlieu, perimeter, periphery, fringe; limits, city limits; suburbs, SI. burbs, SI. shruburbs.
3. Slang, woman, lady; girl, maiden, lass, miss, Irish Eng. colleen; nymph, slip, wench, young thing; All SI. doll, chick, piece, gal, dame, tomato, Brit. bird.
-v. 4. border, edge, verge, line, flank; rim, hem; frame, march, bound, margin, marginate.
5. adjoin, abut, impinge upon; neighbor, side, lie next to; touch, reach, meet, butt, impinge, kiss.
6. circle, circumnavigate, circumambulate, go or pass around.
7. evade, avoid, dodge, sidestep, steer clear of, Inf. duck; hedge, equivocate, prevaricate, pussyfoot, hem and haw, Inf. waffle, Inf. weasel; beat around the bush, not come to the point, beg the question. skittish, adj. 1. jumpy, startlish, SI. trigger-happy; excitable, high-strung, high-spirited; nervous, (of hunting dogs, horses, etc.) gun-shy.
2. restless, restive, unquiet, fidgety, fretful, Inf. having ants in one's pants, SI. antsy, SI. antsy-pantsy.
3. fickle, capricious, flighty, moody, changeable, changeful, ever-changing, mutable, permutable, variable; uncertain, unpredictable, irregular, fitful, spasmodic, desultory, stop-and-go, come-and-go.
4. shy, shrinking, bashful, timid, diffident, mousy, self-conscious; coy, demure, prim. skulk, v. 1. lurk, couch, lie in wait, lie in ambush, lie low, Inf. lay for.
2. slink, steal, sidle, prowl, pad, pussyfoot, creep, U.S. SI. gumshoe.
3. British, shirk, malinger, loaf, SI. goof off, SI. goldbrick; slack, lie down on the job, Brit. SI. scrimshank; look busy, Inf. boondoggle, SI. featherbed, SI. dog it. -n. 4. shirker, slacker. See shirker, sky, n. 1. upper atmosphere, the void, outer space.
2. heavens, heaven, firmament, empyrean, vault of heaven, Chiefly Literary, welkin, ether, hyaline; the blue, the blue yonder, azure, deep blue, cerulean.
3. out of a clear blue sky abruptly, suddenly, rapidly; unexpectedly, without warning or notice, out of the blue.
4. to the skies extravagantly, excessively, profusely; highly, a great deal. slab, n. thick slice, hunk, piece, chunk, wad; plank, board, puncheon, slack, adj. 1. loose, not tight, not taut, not rigid or firm, lax, hanging, drooping, droopy, bagging, baggy, sagging, saggy, flapping, Inf. floppy; limp, Dial. limpsy, flabby, flaccid; relaxed, flexible, pliant.
2. remiss, negligent, neglectful, delinquent, Inf. asleep at the wheel or switch, Inf. asleep on the job;