v. avoid or neglect duty or responsibility; malinger
Brian has a strong sense of duty; he would never shirk any responsibility.
Sentence in Classic:
The minute after a step traversed the hall; the open house was too tempting for Heathcliff to resist walking in: most likely he supposed that I was inclined to shirk my promise, and so resolved to trust to his own audacity.
Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte Context
And whenever she found Carreen on her knees when she should have been taking an afternoon nap or doing the mending, she felt that Carreen was shirking her share of the burdens.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
It is probably some unpleasantness and some purple of this sort which the first man is desirous of shirking.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo Context