Definitions of dodge

  1. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing ( duties, questions, or issues); " He dodged the issue"; " she skirted the problem"; " They tend to evade their responsibilities"; " he evaded the questions skillfully"
  2. an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade; " his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
  3. a quick evasive movement
  4. a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
  5. make a sudden movement in a new direction ( as to evade a blow)
  6. make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid; " The child dodged the teacher's blow"
  7. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start.
  8. To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.
  9. To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown.
  10. Fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge responsibility.
  11. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
  12. To start aside and shift about; evade; avoid.
  13. To escape from by starting aside.
  14. The act of dodging; a trick.
  15. Dodger.
  16. To start aside or shift about: to evade or use mean tricks: to shuffle or quibble.
  17. To evade by a sudden shift of place.
  18. An evasion: a trick: a quibble.
  19. Evasion; trick.
  20. To evade by sudden motion.
  21. To start aside; evade; elude.
  22. To avoid by a sudden turn.
  23. To move quickly to one side; shift; evade; skulk.
  24. An evasion; trick.
  25. A trick; an evasion; a quibble.
  26. To evade by suddenly shifting one's position.
  27. To start aside and evade; to evade and disappoint by mean shuffling tricks; to shuffle; to quibble.
  28. A low trick; a quibble; an evasion.
  29. To follow in the track of any one in his ins and outs; to shift place by a sudden start; to deceive one by change of motion; to be evasive; to quibble.

Usage examples for dodge

  1. To tell the truth I've the very worst head in the world for business, you know, and I always manage to dodge it whenever I get half a chance." – The Ancient Law by Ellen Glasgow
  2. The way he does dodge the spot- light! – Counsel for the Defense by Leroy Scott
  3. P'raps you 'll learn from him how to dodge Board of Trade inquiries. – The Captain of the Kansas by Louis Tracy
  4. You are not the one to dodge an issue, no matter how hard it is to face it. – Man to Man by Jackson Gregory
  5. I can dodge him, perhaps, and get up. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  6. " Dodge and Bayliss," replied Harry. – The High School Boys' Fishing Trip by H. Irving Hancock
  7. " He's going to try the same dodge as beat me the other day. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  8. Their very speed made it impossible to dodge them, and usually they found their mark. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  9. Thought it was some dodge of his. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  10. Mr. Dodge isn't at 'ome," said Baffly quickly. – From the Housetops by George Barr McCutcheon
  11. It would have been better to make a straightforward issue against the incapacity and the democratic ill- will of McClellan, than to dodge the question, and force honest and noble men to speak against their convictions. – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
  12. Oh, of course, broke in the vicar's wife, I knew that dodge was sure to be employed sooner or later. – Windyridge by W. Riley
  13. Oh, and I'll bring some cake and bread, if I can dodge Kate. – The Lookout Man by B. M. Bower
  14. She made a slight movement, as if she were going to repudiate the suggestion violently, but the silence of those around calmed her, and she contented herself with murmuring to Dolly: 'This is an old dodge. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  15. Joyce was the hardest to catch, for after a few times she learned how to dodge the rope. – A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. Williams
  16. There were plenty besides himself who stood to get a better view, and he had to dodge from side to side to see between them. – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  17. Their dodge is simple. – Deep Furrows by Hopkins Moorhouse
  18. " Two minutes if you could go close in," said Josh; " ten minutes, because you have to dodge in and out among the rocks which lie out all round." – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  19. Looks to me like he's trying to dodge you. – The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker