Shires vs Shirks - What's the difference?
As a noun shires
As a verb shirks is
First attested use in 1625 – 1635, apparently from association with shark (verb form), or from (etyl) .
To avoid, especially a duty, responsibility, etc.; to stay away from.
To evade an obligation; to avoid the performance of duty, as by running away.
- the usual makeshift by which they try to shirk difficulties
- If you have a job, don't shirk from it by staying off work.
To procure by petty fraud and trickery; to obtain by mean solicitation.
* Bishop Rainbow
- One of the cities shirked from the league.
- You that never heard the call of any vocation, that shirk living from others, but time from yourselves.
* blow off (US)
* goldbrick (dated)
(etyl) (širk , "idolatry").
(Islam) the unforgivable sin of idolatry