Definitions for: Dodge

[n] a quick evasive movement
[n] an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
[n] a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
[v] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
[v] make a sudden movement in a new direction (as to evade a blow)
[v] move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course

Webster (1913) Definition: Dodge, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dodged; p. pr. & vb. n.
Dodging.] [Of uncertain origin: cf. dodder, v., daddle,
dade, or dog, v. t.]
1. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile;
to shift place by a sudden start. --Milton.

2. To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to
use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.

Some dodging casuist with more craft than sincerity.

Dodge, v. t.
1. To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting
aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown.

2. Fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge
responsibility. [Colloq.] --S. G. Goodrich.

3. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to
place. --Coleridge.

Dodge, n.
The act of evading by some skillful movement; a sudden
starting aside; hence, an artful device to evade, deceive, or
cheat; a cunning trick; an artifice. [Colloq.]

Some, who have a taste for good living, have many
harmless arts, by which they improve their banquet, and
innocent dodges, if we may be permitted to use an
excellent phrase that has become vernacular since the
appearance of the last dictionaries. -- Thackeray.

Synonyms: circumvent, contrivance, dodging, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, scheme, sidestep, skirt, stratagem

See Also: avoid, evasion, false statement, falsehood, falsity, move, plant, quibble, scheme, strategy, untruth, wangle, wangling

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