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Definition of Shirk


  1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
  2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty.
  3. To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
  4. To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
  5. One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor.

Shirk Quotations

I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.
Nellie Bly

The New Deal is plainly an attempt to achieve a working socialism and avert a social collapse in America; it is extraordinarily parallel to the successive 'policies' and 'Plans' of the Russian experiment. Americans shirk the word 'socialism', but what else can one call it?
H. G. Wells

My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.
Dalai Lama

At the height of the Cold War, when Ronald Reagan was president, the Soviets and their allies and satellites did not shirk human rights debates with the West. They had their arguments ready.
Elliott Abrams

If something is being done on a secret basis in national security, that's a great reason for elected officials to not talk about it. And that's a great way to shirk accountability for it with the public.
Rachel Maddow
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Shirk Translations

shirk in Spanish is esquivar
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