2 [fuhj]

1690–1700; origin uncertain; cf. fudge3

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3 [fuhj]
verb (used without object), fudged, fudging.
to cheat or welsh (often followed by on ): to fudge on an exam; to fudge on one's campaign promises.
to avoid coming to grips with something: to fudge on an issue.
to exaggerate a cost, estimate, etc., in order to allow leeway for error.
verb (used with object), fudged, fudging.
to avoid coming to grips with (a subject, issue, etc.); evade; dodge: to fudge a direct question.
a small stereotype or a few lines of specially prepared type, bearing a newspaper bulletin, for replacing a detachable part of a page plate without the need to replate the entire page.
the bulletin thus printed, often in color.
a machine or attachment for printing such a bulletin.

1665–75; origin uncertain; in earliest sense, “to contrive clumsily,” perhaps expressive variant of fadge to fit, agree, do (akin to Middle English feien to put together, join, Old English fēgan); unclear if fudge1 and fudge2 are developments of this word or independent coinages

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fudge1 (fʌdʒ)
a soft variously flavoured sweet made from sugar, butter, cream, etc
[C19: of unknown origin]

fudge2 (fʌdʒ)
1.  foolishness; nonsense
2.  a mild exclamation of annoyance
3.  (intr) to talk foolishly or emptily
[C18: of uncertain origin]

fudge3 (fʌdʒ)
1.  a small section of type matter in a box in a newspaper allowing late news to be included without the whole page having to be remade
2.  the box in which such type matter is placed
3.  the late news so inserted
4.  a machine attached to a newspaper press for printing this
5.  an unsatisfactory compromise reached to evade a difficult problem or controversial issue
6.  (tr) to make or adjust in a false or clumsy way
7.  (tr) to misrepresent; falsify
8.  to evade (a problem, issue, etc); dodge; avoid
[C19: see fadge]

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Word Origin & History

1674, alteration of M.E. fadge "make suit, fit," of unknown origin. The traditional story (attested from 1791) traces fudge in this sense to a Captain Fudge, "who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies." It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called "Lying Fudge," and perhaps
his name influenced the form of fadge in the sense of "contrive without the necessary materials."

1896, Amer.Eng., perhaps a special use of fudge (v.). Interjection is 1766 (Oh, fudge), and the n. meaning "nonsense" is 1791.
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