- 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).
- 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
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- Mary Elizabeth,1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children's books.
Examples from the Web for dodge
Either Uber will continue to dodge its detractors, or customers will eventually find its public reputation unpalatable.Things Are Going Downhill Fast for Uber
December 11, 2014
Pressing the dodge button at the right time causes her to temporarily burst into an invincible flock of crows.Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie
October 24, 2014
Not long after Dodge made this connection Around the World in 80 Days began playing at a nearby cinema in Paris.
Dodge was on his way to study the flute in Paris, but he decided to buy the bike, anyway.
“Then someone gave me a book that had just come out called A Hundred Years of Bicycle Posters,” Dodge says.
I dodge discrimination, and characterize them en masse by negations.
Then they may change their idea and be up to some dodge that we can't fathom.Frank Roscoe's Secret
He does not shuffle or prevaricate, dodge or skulk; but is honest, upright, and straightforward.Self-Help
Mr. Dodge, now is the time to show that your name and nature are not identical.
So I s'pose, sir; nobody is better at guessing and divining than Mr. Dodge.
- to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly
- to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery
- (intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes
- (tr) 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 and History for 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.).