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[doj] /dɒdʒ/
Mary Elizabeth, 1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children's books. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mary dodge
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  • All attempts of mary dodge to hear from her husband while he was in prison were unavailing.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Now that mary dodge has been found, discretion must be used.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • After about three hours, a knock is heard, and mary dodge unbolts the door.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • That week she had met mary dodge in one of the narrow lanes and called her by name, but received no response.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Next day, mary dodge calls at an old house in the suburbs of Calcutta, and promptly is admitted.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • mary dodge had not visited her husband in custody, but perhaps such absence was discreet.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
British Dictionary definitions for mary 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
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Word Origin and History for mary 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 mary 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.
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