to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
to evade work, duty, etc.
- un·shirked, adjective
- un·shirk·ing, adjective
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How to use shirk in a sentence
shirk said this contributed to China taking a more active role internationally, which hasn’t always been well-received.Why Blaming China For The Pandemic Probably Won’t Help Trump Win | Likhitha Butchireddygari (email@example.com) | July 28, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
And to shirk that part of our human responsibility is, well, a sin.A Catholic Ex-Banker on Pope Francis’s Radical Views | Chris Lowney | December 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Employers can't shirk the fines as easily as individual purchasers can.
Should this happen it would be doubly disastrous were we to shirk the challenge now.Margaret Thatcher Sounded the Alarm on Climate Change | David Frum | April 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They abuse drinks or drugs, abuse spouses and loved ones, shirk sleep and plummet into crippling depression.War Photographer Trains Her Lens on Military Suicide at Home | Allison Yarrow | September 4, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Congress must not shirk its responsibilities,” the White House said in a statement.
Tom held to his strange belief to 'Let it all come,' he would not try to prevent; he would neither shirk nor dodge.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
You'll work your passage back to fitness quicker than an arm ever did before, you pale-faced shirk!Red Pepper Burns | Grace S. Richmond
He patted Dorothy on the shoulder and would not permit her to shirk his praise.Hidden Gold | Wilder Anthony
The situation was a critical one, but Steve's was not a nature to shirk responsibilities or shun sacrifices.The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives | Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Evelyn was fairly good at school; it was not, she considered, worth her while any longer to 322 shirk her lessons.A Very Naughty Girl | L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for shirk (1 of 2)
to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
a person who shirks
British Dictionary definitions for shirk (2 of 2)
the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
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