shirk

Definitions

  • "Shirking a Fall."
    "Shirking a Fall."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shirk avoid dealing with "She shirks her duties"
    • v shirk avoid (one's assigned duties) "The derelict soldier shirked his duties"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shirk One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the performance of duty or labor.
    • Shirk To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty. "The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties."
    • Shirk To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away. "One of the cities shirked from the league."
    • Shirk To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
    • Shirk To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation. "You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . . that shirk living from others, but time from Yourselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shirk To practise mean or artful tricks; live by one's wits; shark.
    • shirk To avoid unfairly or meanly the performance of some labor or duty.
    • shirk To procure by mean tricks; shark.
    • shirk To avoid or get off from unfairly or meanly; slink away from: as, to shirk responsibility.
    • n shirk One who lives by shifts or tricks. See shark.
    • n shirk One who seeks to avoid duty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Shirk shėrk to avoid, get off or slink away from
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Quotations

  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
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    “For once you must try not to shirk the facts: mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably the same word as shark,. See Shark (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of shark.

Usage

In literature:

In my fear and trembling I shirked everything, doing childishly and more than childishly.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
He never shirked anything, physical or moral.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
I won't shirk my duty for any of that.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
With these lads, and decorated with a tie equally splendid, moved about young Sam Newcome, who was shirking from his sister and his mamma.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I shan't shirk it this time.
"Snow-Blind" by Katharine Newlin Burt
Possibly I am, Mr. Chairman; but what honest man can shirk the truth?
"Three Dramas" by Björnstjerne M. Björnson
You can, if you don't shirk the trouble of it.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I wonder if Santiago of Bressure be one of these cogging shirks.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Thus responsibilities are shirked and places are multiplied.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
He's a terror if he shirks, and unless you watch him like a cat he'll never change the water in the tins every morning.
"A Little Bush Maid" by Mary Grant Bruce
There is no shirking that!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The nearness of the not-to-be-shirked responsibility drove into her veins an unlooked-for exhilaration of strength.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
Yet, I would not shirk the work.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Colonel Roosevelt has said they shirked, and the reading public will take the Colonel at his word and go on thinking they shirked.
"History of Negro Soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and Other Items of Interest" by Edward A. Johnson
With that liberty he made it his business to see that no dog was shirking.
"Baldy of Nome" by Esther Birdsall Darling
What shirks some men are!
"The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces" by John Kendrick Bangs
Let the bottle pass freely, don't shirk it nor spare it, For a heeltap!
"Headlong Hall" by Thomas Love Peacock
We've both shirked that.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
She did not know how to meet him or what to say, but it was useless to shirk the interview.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
He did not shirk these mix ups, for he was endowed with the bravery of the unimaginative.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
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In poetry:

But on St. Valentine his day,
I found him hard at work,
As if he had a mighty task
And did not dare to shirk;
"To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)" by Ellis Parker Butler
But still he was a sober soul,
A labour-never-shirking man,
Who paid his way - upon the whole
A decent English working man.
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The horse, like us, must go to school
To learn by precept and by rule.
Like us, he does not love the work,
Like us, he's not allowed to shirk.
"Schooling" by Mary Tourtel
And so this trembling Ajax
The duty does not shirk,
But with his unaccustomed hands
Piles on the corpse the dirt and sand,
And it was tedious work.
"Ajax' Dream" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The good round about us we need not refuse,
Nor talk of our Zion as if we were Jews;
But why shirk the badge which our fathers have worn,
Or beg the world's pardon for having been born?
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Not so! For the spirit which brooks not
The name of dishonour, and looks not
On shirking nor shame,
Still lingers, to wake with the shrilling
Of the trumpets' high challenge note thrilling —
Forever the same.
"The Red Rose" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The bride is the daughter of Cindy Shirk , of Lewistown, and Ron Shirk , of McVeytown.
They remained there until November 2002, when the Department transferred them to the Shirks ' home as a pre-adoption placement.
At a hearing in August 2003, the court approved the Shirks ' adoption of the children.
Shirk , Shirlee retiree.
Shirk , 88, of Akron, formerly of Terre Hill, died peacefully with her family at her side Friday, Oct 14, 2011 at the home of her daughter.
Scott and Lisa Lefebvre of Zimmerman announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla to Devin Shirk , son of Brenda and Eugene Shirk of Ephrata Pennsylvania.
The groom is the son of Cindy Shirk , of Lewistown, and Ron Shirk , of Lewistown.
Student brought to court in chains in Houston for shirking jury duty.
JOHN SHIRK – To be stouthearted is to be courageous or determined.
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area's Director of Communications Joani Lynch invited me and George Shirk to have lunch at the Yodler with her this week.
Shoremen coach Shirk to speak at US Lacrosse convention.
JOHN SHIRK – Assurance can be described as confidence in a guarantee.
Oklahoma at Florida State, Sept 17: A celebration of powers that haven't shirked their responsibility.
In Belgium , Some Paper Fans Shirk the Shredder.
Shirk notes, however, that the party elders have held at least two "straw polls" in secret sessions that led to the decision to push Xi into the leadership, followed by Li Keqiang.
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In science:

These isometries are broken in the higher del Pezzo singularities; where the shirking surface is no longer a P2 but a P2 with points blown up.
Models of Particle Physics from Type IIB String Theory and F-theory: A Review
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