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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If formerly public figures who were responsible to ensure maintenance culture shirked their duties, a highly patriotic and visionary leader is now in the saddle of governance and cares a bit to do the right thing.
SHIKARPUR -- All Pakistan Lady Health Workers Welfare Association chairperson Bushra Arain said on Saturday that health workers never shirked their duties despite clear threats to their lives and demanded they be provided requisite material, medical instruments and medicines to enable them to help mothers and children in an adequate manner.
But until now they have shirked their duties, leaving the alleged victims of predatory priests and nuns who worked at the establishment to suffer in silence.
He praised those that should be praised within this industry, and chided those who shirked their duties. His zest and passion for the coffee industry was infectious and he helped rear many new careers.
Men were flogged if they shirked their duties -especially if they fell asleep on deck or ignored orders.
Although schools were supposed to record such cases under health and safety law, in practice many shirked their duties, with the result that the extent of the problem was unknown.