[ US /ˈʃɝk/ ]
  1. avoid dealing with
    She shirks her duties
  2. avoid (one's assigned duties)
    The derelict soldier shirked his duties
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How To Use shirk In A Sentence

  • Whatever may be said henceforward of these "golden lads" of ours, "shirker" and "loafer" they can never he called again. The War on All Fronts: England's Effort Letters to an American Friend
  • This has become a motif among net-critics, whose vanguard is Andrew Keen, who wrote a sloppy, intellectually dishonest book called The Cult of the Amateur that damns the Internet for much the same reasons (Clay Shirky wrote a great response to Keen). Boing Boing
  • Why should ordinary Koreans pay taxes for those shirkers who educate their children abroad and avoid military service duties?
  • He is not a shirker, but he went into his shell when faced with some rough stuff. Times, Sunday Times
  • By ignoring their epistemic and metaphysical brokenness, we are shirking our Christian duty to truly show love for our neighbor.
  • And if the socialist shirkers riot, shoot them!
  • Rudy Wittshirk, an outdoorsman and occasional commentary writer in these pages, once told me that growing up in New York made him a better outdoorsman -- street smarts translates to trail smarts, because the common theme is awareness. Anchorage Daily News - Alaska News
  • I didn't shirk my duties. I visited the sick and I preached the gospel.
  • Any homilist who fails to address this is shirking his duty. The Burning Hell
  • It calls for ‘responsibility,’ then shirks it with surreal cravenness.
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