“Congress must not shirk its responsibilities,” the White House said in a statement.
They abuse drinks or drugs, abuse spouses and loved ones, shirk sleep and plummet into crippling depression.
And to shirk that part of our human responsibility is, well, a sin.
Should this happen it would be doubly disastrous were we to shirk the challenge now.
I wish there was no more to be said—but there is more; and neither you nor I must shirk it.
Henley was not the sort of man to shirk a fight in the open.
Strong steps had to be taken; and Clarke was not the man to shirk his duty.
Primarily must have been the desire to shirk, the intent to do questionable work.
One is to shirk it by an indolent abandonment of the important offices of social and public life.
I'm sure you'd never stoop to second fiddle,And—I might shirk The part of serf.
1630s, "to practice fraud or trickery," also a noun (1630s, now obsolete) "a needy, disreputable parasite" [OED], perhaps from German schurke "scoundrel, rogue, knave, villain" (see shark (n.)). Sense of "evade one's work or duty" first recorded 1785, originally in slang. Related: Shirked; shirking.