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 for shirk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shirk \Shirk\, n.
     One who lives by shifts and tricks; one who avoids the
     performance of duty or labor.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shirk \Shirk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shirked; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Shirking.] [Probably the same word as shark. See Shark,
     v. t.]
     1. To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean
        solicitation.
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              You that never heard the call of any vocation, . . .
              that shirk living from others, but time from
              Yourselves.                           --Bp. Rainbow.
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     2. To avoid; to escape; to neglect; -- implying
        unfaithfulness or fraud; as, to shirk duty.
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              The usual makeshift by which they try to shirk
              difficulties.                         --Hare.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shirk \Shirk\, v. i.
     1. To live by shifts and fraud; to shark.
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     2. To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty,
        as by running away.
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              One of the cities shirked from the league. --Byron.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shirk
      v 1: avoid (one's assigned duties); "The derelict soldier
           shirked his duties" [syn: fiddle, shirk, shrink from,
           goldbrick]
      2: avoid dealing with; "She shirks her duties"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "shirk":
     abandon, avoid, bilk, burke, bypass, creep, cut, dodge, dog it,
     double, duck, duck duty, eschew, evade, fence, get around,
     get out of, goldbrick, goof off, gumshoe, jump, leave,
     leave loose ends, leave undone, let alone, let be, let dangle,
     let go, lurk, malinger, miss, not pull fair, omit, parry,
     pass over, pass up, pretermit, procrastinate, pussyfoot,
     shrink from, shun, sidestep, skip, skive, skulk, slack,
     slide out of, slink, slip, slip out of, snake, sneak out of,
     soldier, steal, trifle, welsh
  
  

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