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.

1560–70; of obscure origin

outdodge, verb (used with object), outdodged, outdodging.
undodged, adjective

1. avoid. 4. equivocate, quibble. Unabridged


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dodge (dɒdʒ)
1.  to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
2.  to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
3.  (intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
4.  (tr) photog to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger
5.  a plan or expedient contrived to deceive
6.  a sudden evasive or hiding movement
7.  a clever contrivance
8.  bell-ringing the act of dodging
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, origin and sense evolution obscure, perhaps akin to Scottish dodd "to jog." Meaning "person's way of making a living" is from 1842. Common from early 18c. in figurative sense of "to swindle, to play shifting tricks." Related: Dodged; dodging.
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Example sentences
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.
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