shirk (one's) duty

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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.
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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.
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The Wigan midfield posed a big challenge but Gunnarsson was strong in the tackle and never shirked his duties.
Wrath And he has never shirked his duties for England, either, risking the wrath of a succession of Anfield managers by declaring his availability for international duty when several of his peers cared only about lengthening their club careers.
Goal sensation never shirked his duties but struggled to make impact.
Larsson stressed that he had not shirked his duties since Blues were relegated.
Souness has shirked his duties in front of the cameras in recent weeks, sending one of his assistants Alan Murray to do the job for him.
Dan Rather initially insisted the memos, purportedly written by the late Lt Col Jerry Killian, which suggested Mr Bush shirked his duties as a National Guard pilot, were real.
Bush said allegations by Democrats - that he shirked his duties and was absent without leave (AWOL) from the Guard in the early 1970s - were untrue and politically motivated, and he declared on NBC's Meet the Press: 'I'm not going to lose' the November election.
O'Brien has never shirked his duties in a black-and-white shirt and remains one of Sir Bobby Robson's best pound-for-pound buys following his pounds 1m switch from the Bantams.
Yet so lofty was Guerrero's ideal of freedom, and so firm was his faith that it is humanly possible to attain it, that he could not have shirked his duties to the race and the future.