One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was brave and would not shirk any task’
evade, dodge, avoid, get out of, sidestep, shuffle off, run away from, shrink from, shun, slide out of, play truant from, skip, miss, not attend
neglect, let slide, not attend to, pay little attention to, pay no attention to, be remiss about, be lax about, leave undone, lose sight of, skimp on
informal duck, duck out of, cop out of
British informal skive off, funk
North American informal cut
NZ Australian informal duck-shove
2‘discipline was strict and no one shirked’
evade one's duty, be remiss, be negligent, skulk, play truant, malinger
British informal skive, skive off, wag, dodge the column, swing the lead, scrimshank, slack
North American informal goof off, goldbrick, play hookey
NZ Australian informal bludge, play the wag
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