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  • n. Plural form of shirker.


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  • He told the Times Review that the incident was a major embarrassment for the industry, which was caused by inadequate enforcement of existing rules that allowed a few "shirkers" to get away with shoddy practices.

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  • But the "shirkers" don't feel any need to apologise: they are hanging back from the fray mainly because they don't think it's worth getting their soldiers killed for.

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  • But of course, these "shirkers" are mobile, as well, so there's every reason to believe that they'll vote with their feet, to a more economically-friendly clime.


  • "shirkers" when the actual contest came, the history of the times gives contradictions sufficient without examples.

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  • 'shirkers' and 'cowards,' and the men whom they have raised to power and influence have not one word to say on their behalf.

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  • This green-eyed policy is an expression of the resentment felt by workers towards shirkers – who it is felt can access extraordinary handouts.

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  • The young Karl Marx criticised the utopian egalitarianism of the German socialists' Gotha programme by saying that socialists had to accept that good workers would expect the appropriate rewards, but would also expect the problem of shirkers and poor workers to be addressed.

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  • The Roman historian Suetonius reported that the authorities levied the tax with the “utmost vigor” and flushed out shirkers.


  • I used to think of worms as shirkers, blind creatures that tunneled away from confrontation, but they were the ones that saved me.

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  • This is the last time you'll see me hanging around these gloomy environs, I added, giving a meaningful look around at the roomful of unemployed misfits and shirkers.

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