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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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dodge out
Historical Examples
  • The señors were pleased to disagree; if they fought, he had but to dodge out into the night and neutrality.

    The Gringos B. M. Bower
  • As it was, I could only look on in helpless fury, and dodge out of the way and cease my raging when he came too near.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • I wouldn't have slid over the edge if your white devil-wagon hadn't made me dodge out of the way.

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • And they moved a little nearer their front door, in order to dodge out of sight if need be.

    The Tale of Grumpy Weasel Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Why, I was sent after you because the principal thought you would not dodge out of sight if you saw Scott or me.

  • Cope was now shunned by many, and the clogger contrived to dodge out of his sight whenever he passed.

    Back o' the Moon Oliver Onions
  • And so you want to dodge out of an agreement with them because you stand to lose money on it?

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Harry, he had to make humble excuses to dodge out of eyeshot a minute.

  • He remained indeed some hundreds of paces behind but he could not dodge out of his sight in the now open glade.

    The Poor Plutocrats Maurus Jkai
  • It hurt keenly until Darrin was able to dodge out from under and hurriedly reach the bottom.

British Dictionary definitions for dodge out


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
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Word Origin and History for dodge out



"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 out



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.
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