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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Shirk v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shirked p. pr. & vb. n. Shirking.]
 1. 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.   --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.