m. e. dodge

World English Dictionary
dodge (dɒdʒ)
1.  to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
2.  to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
3.  (intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
4.  (tr) photog to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger
5.  a plan or expedient contrived to deceive
6.  a sudden evasive or hiding movement
7.  a clever contrivance
8.  bell-ringing the act of dodging
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, origin and sense evolution obscure, perhaps akin to Scottish dodd "to jog." Meaning "person's way of making a living" is from 1842. Common from early 18c. in figurative sense of "to swindle, to play shifting tricks." Related: Dodged; dodging.
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