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shirk (one's) duty

To avoid, neglect, or evade one's duty or responsibility. You're supposed to manage the company's social media presence throughout the day, but we feel like you've been shirking your duties lately. It turns out that he had shirked his duty as the quality assurance inspector, which resulted in several thousand batches being contaminated with E. coli.
See also: duty, shirk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shirk one's duty

to neglect one's job or task. The guard was fired for shirking his duty. You cannot expect to continue shirking your duty without someone noticing.
See also: duty, shirk
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Workers shirk in period one of the three-period contract whenever
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Defining these and then imposing the condition under which workers do not shirk ([V.sup.N.sub.E] [greater than or equal to] [V.sup.S.sub.E] yields the well known no-shirking condition