- v. present participle of shirk.
- n. the evasion of work or duty
“That would provide some immediate financial relief to households facing foreclosure, but it would encourage many more homeowners to begin shirking their mortgage payments in the belief that they would also be able to avoid the consequences.”
“Obama will lose, and Hillary will say I told you so, again shirking responsibility.”
“Several commenters suggest that shirking is not significant problem.”
“[T] he core elements of female fantasy is [sic] the idea of shirking responsibility, throwing caution to the wind, and living out all of your selfish desires without major consequences." explains”
“It's not called shirking responsibility, it's called "taking a break.”
“In an inspection game, one player faces a series of choices either to work for a reward, in which case he is sure to receive it, or to perform another, easier action ( "shirking"), in which case he will receive the reward only if the other player (the "inspector") is not monitoring him.”
“In his statement Leon accused Mbeki of "shirking" his responsibilities by going to Chile.”
“People talk of modern women "shirking" motherhood, but it would be a silly sort of universe in which a large proportion of women had any natural and instinctive desire to shirk motherhood, and, I believe, a huge proportion of modern women are as passionately predisposed towards motherhood as ever women were.”
“But the old lady did not approve of people "shirking" (as boys say) either their duties or their pleasures; and to keep a "merry Christmas" in a family circle that had been spared to meet in health and happiness, seemed to her to be both the one and the other.”
“Bethel accused Sir Francis of "shirking" him; Sir Francis answered angrily -- that he knew nothing of him, and nothing he wanted to know.”
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