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skirt

noun [C] uk   /skɜːt/ us    /skɝːt/
A1 a piece of clothing for women and girls that hangs from the waist and does not have legs: a long/short skirtSkirts and kilts an outer covering or part to protect particular machinesMachine parts

skirt

verb [T, I + prep] uk   /skɜːt/ us    /skɝːt/ (also skirt around/round)
to go around the edge of something: Take the road which skirts (round) the village, not the one which goes through it.Moving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasiveEdges and extremities of objectsSurfaces of objects to avoid discussing a subject or problem, usually because there are difficulties that you do not want to deal with: Though the government has promised to deal with drug abuse, it has been accused of skirting round the issue.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
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