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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 dodging
  • It scurries to the beach through a gauntlet of mature birds, dodging frantically whenever one snaps at it, which happens a lot.
  • By adolescence, boys would make a game of shooting at each other and dodging the arrows.
  • People can see that you keep on changing the subject and dodging.
  • We also need to take the incentive out of corporate tax dodging.
  • Dolphins raced alongside the boat, dodging under its outriggers and occasionally leaping high out of the clear blue water.
  • His fingers, gnarled by arthritis, would hold the dodging wand.
  • Her father had been dodging reporters all week, but had seemed totally comfortable with this one.
  • All of these involved acts that are technically illegal but that many people take part in, such as speeding or tax-dodging.
  • There are too many questions, too many doubts and he has been dodging far too long.
  • If you're close to the volcano dodging large rocks is no fun either.
British Dictionary definitions for dodging


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 dodging



"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 dodging



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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