“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.
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.