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.
Dodge v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dodged p. pr. & vb. n. Dodging.]
1. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start.
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. --Milton.
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.]
3. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
n 1: an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or
evade; "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us
off the track" [syn: contrivance, stratagem]
2: a quick evasive movement
3: a statement that evades the question by cleverness or
trickery [syn: dodging, scheme]
v 1: make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid;
"The child dodged the teacher's blow"
2: move to and fro or from place to place usually in an
irregular course; "the pickpocket dodged through the
3: 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"
[syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent,
parry, elude, skirt, duck, sidestep]