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To avoid doing something, or to avoid something

avoid

verb

to choose not to do something in order to achieve a better result

get out of

to avoid doing something that you should do or that you said you would do

duck out of

to avoid doing something that you were intending to do or had promised to do

abstain

verb

to deliberately avoid doing something that is enjoyable but that may not be healthy, safe, or morally right

shirk

verb

to avoid doing something difficult, or to avoid accepting responsibility for something

evade

verb

to avoid accepting or dealing with something that you should do

skip

verb

to avoid doing or having something

wriggle out of (doing) something

to avoid doing something by making excuses

flinch from (doing) something

to avoid dealing with a difficult responsibility or decision

sweep something under the carpet

to try to avoid dealing with a problem

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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