• You have left the shop and didn’t care what would happen to your business just for having some fun and hanging out with those guys! We have bigger fishes to fry son. We must pay the installments back on the loan we’ve taken out from the bank and plan for opening new branches!
    Look; If you ............ your responsibilities/duties now, the situation will just be that much harder to deal with next month.

a) shirk
b) get out of doing

As you can see in my provided links, both options mean the same to a non-native one like me! I was wondering how they differ in meaning if they do. Otherwise, please let me know if they are interchangeable in this sense.

  • The link at (b) is to get out of, without doing. You don't 'do responsibilities'. Also, I think 'get out of' is more appropriate with reference to a single task than to duties in general. 'Shirk' is a better choice here. May 22 '21 at 8:37
  • Post edited @Kate Bounting. Thank you for pointing that out.
    – A-friend
    May 22 '21 at 8:41
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    If you're bothered about using shirk because it's a relatively uncommon / "upmarket" word, consider alternatives such as duck, dodge. Note that to get out of something often implies taking more "active" measures to avoid doing one's duty than simply shirking, ducking, dodging (all of which can simply imply "passively" failing to volunteer, for example - where getting out of it might more strongly imply "actively" coming up with excuses / justifications for one's inaction). May 22 '21 at 12:52
  • Thank you @FumbleFingers. That was a quite helpful comment on this post.
    – A-friend
    May 22 '21 at 20:16

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