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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: escuer 'to avoid'

skew

verb
     
skew [transitive]
1 if something skews the results of a test etc, it affects the results, making them incorrect:
All the people we questioned lived in the same area, which had the effect of skewing the figures.
2 to affect or influence someone's ideas, actions, or judgment, especially in a way that makes the ideas etc not correct or fair:
These assumptions about Communism skewed American foreign policy for decades.

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