Meaning: a person receiving unemployment benefits or welfare payments
- Those bludgers on unemployment benefits could find work if they really wanted to.
- How would you like being called a "bludger" if you were on the dole?
An informal British and Australian term for unemployment benefits is "the dole", and a very common dysphemism for people receiving unemployment benefits in Australia is "dole bludger". Similar dysphemisms include "slacker" and "parasite".
Variety: This is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
Australians might call you a "bludger" if you
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Contributor: Matt Errey