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[doj] /dɒdʒ/
verb (used with object), dodged, dodging.
to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy:
to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.
Also, hold back. Photography. (in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes followed by out).
Compare burn1 (def 45).
verb (used without object), dodged, dodging.
to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.
to use evasive methods; prevaricate:
When asked a direct question, he dodges.
a quick, evasive movement, as a sudden jump away to avoid a blow or the like.
an ingenious expedient or contrivance; shifty trick.
Slang. a business, profession, or occupation.
Origin of dodge
1560-70; of obscure origin
Related forms
outdodge, verb (used with object), outdodged, outdodging.
undodged, adjective
1. avoid. 4. equivocate, quibble.


[doj] /dɒdʒ/
Mary Elizabeth, 1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children's books. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dodge
  • And it's a future in which some drugs and vaccines may actually pull a few punches: dodge and feint as their targets do.
  • dodge has noticed several incidents that have affected multiple universities.
  • The rest of the world won't be able to dodge that bullet.
  • He notes that echolocation, their sophisticated sonar system, allows bats to dodge wires as fine as human hairs-in the dark.
  • The debris was spotted too late for the space station to dodge it.
  • Another way to dodge traffic is to predict where and when it will form.
  • The mimic octopus is an intelligent shape changer that can impersonate a host of other animals to dodge hungry predators.
  • The new dodge is that it was a long time ago and we're not sure what he was doing.
  • Even if you dodge those issues, the situation is hardly simple.
  • All of that can work--it's people's games that you've got to dodge.
British Dictionary definitions for dodge


to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
(intransitive) (bell-ringing) to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
(transitive) (photog) to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger
a plan or expedient contrived to deceive
a sudden evasive or hiding movement
a clever contrivance
(bell-ringing) the act of dodging
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dodge

"to move to and fro" (especially in an effort to avoid something), 1560s, origin and sense evolution obscure, perhaps akin to Scottish dodd "to jog." Common from early 18c. in figurative sense of "to swindle, to play shifting tricks." Related: Dodged; dodging.


"person's way of making a living," 1842, slang, from dodge (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dodge



A person's way of making a living, esp if illegal or dubious •Often ironically and deprecatingly used of one's own perfectly ordinary line of work: We used to run gin, but when prohibition ended we had to give up that dodge/ One of the better practitioners of the dictionary dodge (1842+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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