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Definition to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
  • She began to shirk her duties and turned to drinking to help deal with the pain.
shirk = avoid
  • She is motivated, a hard worker, and will even pick up the slack from co-workers who shirk their duties.
  • shirk = avoid
  • I cannot shirk the honest truth.
  • shirk = avoid
  • There he had half killed an insubordinate young elephant who was shirking his fair share of work.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • shirking = not doing
  • He did his work in the same slow obstinate way as he had done it in Jones's time, never shirking and never volunteering for extra work either.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • shirking = not doing a duty
  • Nobody shirked — or almost nobody.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • shirked = didn't do their work
  • "Yes, looking at the sky, I thought that the dome that I see is not a deception, and then I thought something, I shirked facing something," he mused.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She began to understand that she had a moral obligation to fire the Pole and that she was shirking it because she found it hard to do.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • Joe had shirked saying good-by to him and Fay.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Incredibly, Parker was not held accountable for shirking his duties.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Shirking the point does them no good.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • You're still shirking it.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • You've had a long day — sorry, I know that doesn't begin to cover it — but that doesn't mean that you can shirk your responsibilities.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • "His ear's ripped," he points out accusingly, like I've shirked my duty.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • It is probably some unpleasantness and some purple of this sort which the first man is desirous of shirking.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If you good people prefer preaching and shirking to buying my weapons and fighting the rascals, don't blame me.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • Then the sleepless Boots went shirking round from door to door, gathering up at each the Bluchers, Wellingtons, Oxonians, which stood outside.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He's a great patriot, but he's rough and tough on men who shirk their duty.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • There isn't a kinder soul in Avonlea and she never shirks her share of work."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • I felt like I was letting them down, shirking my duty.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper

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