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Synonyms and Antonyms of shirk

  1. 1 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery <you always try to shirk paying your fair share of the bill by claiming you “forgot” your wallet> Synonyms avoid, dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, finesse, get around, scape, shake, escape, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)Related Words miss; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off); ban, bar, debar, eliminate, except, exclude, preclude, rule out; bypass, circumvent, skirt; foil, fox, frustrate, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, thwartNear Antonyms accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur

  2. 2 to leave undone or unattended to especially through carelessness <a deadbeat who has been shirking his duty to his family for years> Synonyms forget, neglectRelated Words slack (off)Near Antonyms carry out, do, execute, perform; accomplish, achieve; keep up, maintainAntonyms attend (to), remember

  3. 3 to move about in a sly or secret manner <given the multitude of auditoriums at the multiplex, it's not too difficult for underaged kids to shirk into R-rated movies> Synonyms lurk, mooch, mouse, pussyfoot, sneak, skulk, slide, slink, slip, snake, stealRelated Words crawl, creep, edge, inch, worm; ghost, pad, tiptoe

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