Shirk

Definition of Shirk

v. t.1.To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
[imp. & p. p. Shirked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shirking.]
You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . . that shirk living from others, but time from Yourselves.
- Bp. Rainbow.
2.To avoid; to escape; to neglect; - implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty.
The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties.
- Hare.
v. i.1.To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
2.To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
One of the cities shirked from the league.
- Byron.
n.1.One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor.

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