shirk

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Our young men shirked their duty, our philosophers and essayists shirked theirs.
With you at the end awaiting me, I have never shirked.
It would be hard on mother and the girls, I suppose; besides, I don't quite like it myself; looks as if I shirked and ran away.
Not a boy felt heroic enough to cast himself into the breach, however; even polite Archie shirked the duty, saying to Charlie, as they quietly slipped into an adjoining room
This was the pride that bore up Spitz and made him thrash the sled-dogs who blundered and shirked in the traces or hid away at harness-up time in the morning.
Yes, looking at the sky, I thought that the dome that I see is not a deception, and then I thought something, I shirked facing something," he mused.