They can dodge or prevaricate or just hang up when dealing with a voice on the phone.
He was not there to prevaricate, and he told them his rank and name.
Am I a fool, that people can prevaricate and lie to me like this?
Popham objected that he might prevaricate in order to procure the acquittal of his 'old friend.'
And if he shuffle and prevaricate as to her, question him about Miss Lockyer.
She was not offended, but a feminine impulse prompted her to prevaricate.
How could she prevaricate to the good old woman who had been so kind to her?
But if there is no injustice resulting from a lie, I prevaricate against right in lying, but my sin is not a serious offense.
Since I was not allowed to prevaricate, all that remained for me to do was to return no reply.
But there was no reason for Jessie to prevaricate any further.
1580s, "to transgress," a back formation from prevarication, or else from Latin praevaricatus, past participle of praevaricari "to make a sham accusation, deviate," literally "walk crookedly;" in Church Latin, "to transgress" (see prevarication). Meaning "to speak evasively" is from 1630s. Related: Prevaricated; prevaricating.