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
“He did not trust his slaves and regularly complained that they shirked work, stole supplies, and broke tools,” writes Larson.
I shirked duty in pursuit of a good sleep, incurring her wrath this morning.
Beyer grew up in New York City, but she may have shirked any remnants of the accent after moving to Maryland.
Over the past twenty years, in short, the state of Israel has shirked its responsibilities.Seeing It For Myself: Injustice In The South Hebron Hills | Rachel Cohen | July 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If he shirked the pain to-day, it would have to be faced to-morrow—that alone was clear in his breaking heart.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Redbird thought, the Sauk were known far and wide as a people who never shirked the demands of honor.Shaman | Robert Shea
In my fear and trembling I shirked everything, doing childishly and more than childishly.The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
Stolen parties in the attics; suppers brought in clandestinely; lessons shirked!A Very Naughty Girl | L. T. Meade
By that I mean, a world in which difficulties are to be fairly met—not shirked, set aside, or “got round.”The Education of American Girls | Anna Callender Brackett
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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