skirt-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: avoid answering a question or performing an act

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] SKIRT NP2[abstract]

How the Pentagon skirted the patents on hovercraft.
After seeming to have skirted the worst of the mortgage issues,
CreditSoft unexpectedly went bankrupt.
The politician cleverly skirted the issue as he always does.
He tried desperately to skirt the worst of her anger.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Avoiding
PropBank: skirt.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: form or move along the edge of; border

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[theme] SKIRT NP2[concrete]

A violent hurricane struck St. Thomas and skirted the coast of Puerto Rico.
Wrangell and PF Anjou skirted the New Siberian and Bear islands.
A late-spring dust storm skirted the China-Mongolia border.
The hills skirt the town.
The otherwise straight highway, veers north and skirts the lake.
We skirted the forest on our way to Grandma's house.

VerbNet: contiguous_location-47.8
FrameNet: Path_shape
PropBank: skirt.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4