Shirked
Shirk Shirk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shirked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shirking}.] [Probably the same word as shark. See {Shark}, v. t.] 1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation. [1913 Webster]

You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . . that shirk living from others, but time from Yourselves. --Bp. Rainbow. [1913 Webster]

2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty. [1913 Webster]

The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties. --Hare. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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