shirk Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"shirk" in British English

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shirkverb [I or T]

uk   /ʃɜːk/  us   /ʃɝːk/ disapproving
to ​avoidwork, ​duties, or ​responsibilities, ​especially if they are ​difficult or ​unpleasant: If you shirk ​your responsibilities/​duties now, the ​situation will be much ​harder to ​deal with next ​month. I will not shirk from my ​obligations.
(Definition of shirk from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shirkverb [I/T]

 us   /ʃɜrk/
to ​avoidwork or a duty: [T] Town ​officials shirked ​theirresponsibilities by ​failing to ​follow up on ​residents’ ​complaints.
(Definition of shirk from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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