“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.
Should this happen it would be doubly disastrous were we to shirk the challenge now.
And to shirk that part of our human responsibility is, well, a sin.
I wish there was no more to be said—but there is more; and neither you nor I must shirk it.
We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither.
Strong steps had to be taken; and Clarke was not the man to shirk his duty.
You work till you are tired of it; then you go off and shirk, and call it studying.
One is to shirk it by an indolent abandonment of the important offices of social and public life.
When it is a scout's duty to do something, he dare not shirk.
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.