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shirk

[shurk] /ʃɜrk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
verb (used without object)
2.
to evade work, duty, etc.
noun
3.
a shirker.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; obscurely akin to shark2
Related forms
unshirked, adjective
unshirking, adjective
Synonyms
1. shun, avoid, dodge.
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Examples from the web for shirked
  • For the rest, the record until recently was one of barely qualified failure-of opportunities missed and challenges shirked.
  • For many firms dividend cuts are an unpleasant task that should not be shirked.
  • It first depends on cost, but a cost discussion of such an operation has been shirked by the promoters, in and out of government.
  • Employers in the private and public sector often shirked their responsibility to finance the pension promises that they made.
  • One tunes in and out of the shared reverie without any sense of obligations shirked.
  • And he rarely shirked his responsibilities on defense.
  • The plaintiff shirked this obligation with respect to the adjuster's file.
  • There is nothing before us to suggest that the jury was confused by its task or that it shirked its responsibility.
British Dictionary definitions for shirked

shirk1

/ʃɜːk/
verb
1.
to avoid discharging (work, a duty, etc); evade
noun
2.
a person who shirks
Word Origin
C17: probably from German Schurke rogue; see shark²

shirk2

/ʃɪːk/
noun
1.
(Islam)
  1. the fundamental sin of regarding anything as equal to Allah
  2. any belief that is considered to be in opposition to Allah and Islam
Word Origin
from Arabic: association
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Word Origin and History for shirked

shirk

v.

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.

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