Definition of dodge in English:

dodge

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement.

    ‘marchers had to dodge missiles thrown by loyalists’
    • ‘On this day it was a question of dodging the rain that at times hammered down, and then of course out came the Sun, and it was like playing in a sauna.’
    • ‘I pushed myself up and dodged a sudden flurry to my right, just in time to avoid someone else's arms.’
    • ‘He attacked right then left, both parried and did a quick back roll to dodged a vertical attack.’
    • ‘How the trio dodge him, with timely help from the professor and the magical map of the prison castle is the rest of the story, which is filled with surprise twists and turns.’
    • ‘Pensioners who have to dodge dual-carriage way traffic to catch a bus are dicing with death, a county councillor has claimed.’
    • ‘We turned another corner, narrowly dodging another bullet, running down the alleyway.’
    • ‘His hand stretched out to pet his cat but she dodged him and jumped over his stomach to purr against my legs.’
    • ‘I stepped forward, trying to grab his shoulders, but he dodged me once again.’
    • ‘This time, he wasn't quick enough in dodging any attacks.’
    • ‘If he made a sudden move, Ashley reckoned she might dodge him and escape.’
    • ‘The children skillfully dodged him as they dashed out the door.’
    • ‘Mike nimbly dodged these attacks and delivered brutal counters that took out his enemies.’
    • ‘My lips formed a silent O as we dodged what little traffic there was.’
    • ‘As he easily dodged the blow he brought himself behind Michael and grabbed his wrist with both hands.’
    • ‘I watched the fighter fend off or dodge the attack of every solo fighter.’
    • ‘He took a swing at him, but John nimbly dodged the blow.’
    • ‘He dodges her as she tries to hit him with the weapon.’
    • ‘Vehicles merely gain speed near a zebra crossing for the fear of catching a signal and the pedestrians are left dodging speeding vehicles to get to the other end of the road.’
    • ‘When the news was wafted to his father's factory, all his colleagues dodged him as if they were avoiding a deadly plague.’
    • ‘She threw herself to the floor, just barely dodging a bullet that was aimed for her head.’
    dart, bolt, duck, dive, swerve, body-swerve, sidestep, veer, lunge, jump, leap, spring
    elude, evade, avoid, stay away from, steer clear of, escape, run away from, break away from, lose, leave behind, shake, shake off, fend off, keep at arm's length, give someone a wide berth, keep one's distance from
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Move quickly to one side or out of the way.
      ‘Adam dodged between the cars’
      • ‘They went into the forest then, the horse dodged around the trees quickly and jumped over a dead log.’
      • ‘I swung at him but he dodged to one side, so I, without delay, moved behind him.’
      • ‘As he dodged to the side, he had to quickly move again as a tentacle came shooting towards him.’
      • ‘I grabbed my stomach and quickly dodged to my right, to avoid his fists yet again.’
      • ‘Before she landed on me however I dodged to the side of the sofa, causing her to land flat on her face.’
      • ‘I shook my head in dismay and dodged to one side as a BMW 3 series with loud rap music blasting out the open windows tried to turn me into a smear on the cobbled stone road.’
      • ‘A silver flash flew at him, he dodged to the left just in time.’
      • ‘She quickly dodged to the right and stood to put her arm around my shoulder.’
      • ‘He quickly dodged out of their way, but four turned and headed after him.’
      • ‘He dodged nimbly to the left and we fell on our faces in a puddle of mud.’
      • ‘She ignored him totally and quickly dodged through the mass swiftly, knowing he couldn't keep up.’
      • ‘She pulled him up onto the seat behind her, swerving down over the main street to dodge through the rest of the traffic.’
      • ‘Jonathan easily dodged out of the way, and then rushed at the now defenseless student.’
      • ‘The people who heard him dodged to the side quickly.’
      • ‘Melanie quickly dodged out of the way moving next to Cameron.’
      • ‘Aaron jumped up and slashed down, forcing the terrorist to dodge to the left.’
      • ‘A face appeared in the doorway, but they quickly dodged away from the door.’
      • ‘With no warning at all, she charged forward, swiping her sword widely, but Davin quickly dodged to the side.’
      • ‘Tora quickly dodged out of the way as the creature sailed passed her.’
      • ‘The demons dodged from side to side spectacularly avoiding the bullets as Scarlett knew they would.’
    2. 1.2 Evade (a debt or obligation) in a cunning or dishonest way.
      ‘he'd caught her dodging fares on the underground’
      • ‘No respite is given to the women constantly dodging detection and caught up at every turn by gender-specific restrictions.’
      • ‘Everybody's got to be somewhere, and there I was in Vancouver at the age of five, dodging the draft into the War in Vietnam.’
      • ‘The same question recurs on every trip, and we never dodge it.’
      • ‘Swindon Council has called in the bailiffs to sort out motorists dodging parking fines.’
      • ‘His failure to address that question leaves him open to the charge of dodging an important issue.’
      • ‘He understands how to employ our military more effectively - despite dodging the draft during the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘Only if no attempt is made to collect my fare will I dodge payment.’
      • ‘Are you dodging the social life question?’
      • ‘I do not think it is appropriate for a Minister to answer a question in the House in a way that attempts to dodge full responsibility for this appalling breach.’
      • ‘He remains in nimble form when it comes to dodging some questions, though.’
      • ‘We have asked him direct questions and he never dodges them, although he may well give himself a moment of reflection before he replies.’
      • ‘Those are charges he says he has no intention of answering in the war crimes court, if he can dodge it.’
      • ‘The telecom company was asked to comment on the letter - and on the specific question of legal action - but decided instead to dodge the issue.’
      • ‘The subject has three choices: yes, no, or dodge the question.’
      • ‘From what I understand there are a whole host of possibilities where they could be used to catch people who dodge their road tax or drop litter.’
      • ‘People caught dodging the licence fee, which is £116 a year, can be fined up to £1, 000, plus court costs.’
      • ‘He dodges all sorts of critical questions that the reader wants answered: do extreme conditions really reveal nothing relevant about human motives and choices?’
      • ‘Smith, who massaged facts and refused to face questions, dodged responsibility to the last.’
      • ‘A compromise regarding participation in such a war is out of the question; this is why the Greens dodged the issue at their latest conference.’
      • ‘For a broader understanding of why his army lost the war he ought to poll the many who dodged the draft, not just the few who took the King's shilling.’
      avoid, evade, shun, get out of, slide out of, back out of, steer clear of, sidestep, circumvent, skirt round, bypass, give something a miss, find a way out of
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  • 2often as noun dodgingPhotography
    Expose (one area of a print) less than the rest during processing or enlarging.

    • ‘Similarly, a print area might require dodging during the initial exposure to keep it from reversing when solarized.’
    • ‘The sky was a dull gray color - vastly different than the solid black he created by dodging and burning the final print in the darkroom.’
    • ‘So if you are using a fluorescent tube source, dodging and burning in the enlarged negative stage may be preferable.’
    • ‘This includes dodging and burning in selected areas within a photograph so long as it does not change the content of the image.’
    • ‘This does take time, and if the end result wasn't quite what you wanted, then it was back to the enlarger to burn and dodge again.’
  • 3Bell-ringing
    no object (of a bell in change-ringing) move one place contrary to the normal sequence, and then back again in the following round.

noun

  • 1A sudden quick movement to avoid someone or something.

    • ‘They paused for a moment and began to trade a flurry of blows, parries and dodges in a blur of movement.’
    • ‘A guard shot at me but with a quick dodge from my new agility I managed to avoid at it.’
    • ‘She rushed in, preparing to make a quick dodge into the kitchen to grab another drink and then get back out, but froze on the spot two steps into the house.’
    • ‘He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.’
    • ‘The boost in graphical detail has also improved their movements, making their dodges, grapples and infiltrations seem much more realistic.’
    • ‘The two swordsmen were behind him and they were starting to get the hang of his dodges.’
    • ‘Startled by his quick dodge, I lost my defensive edge.’
    • ‘The person swung around to avoid dodges and hits from Ewen and Tess.’
    • ‘Swift dodges from all three prevented anything from happening, but it was close.’
    • ‘It's frustrating, especially when your mad dodges and leaps bring you into the path of an enemy you couldn't see.’
    • ‘He had excellent ball control, beautiful dodges and his crosses were the most precise and measured.’
    • ‘After a series of dodges Hikaru started to lose his breath.’
    • ‘A quick dodge saved her head from an incoming fist.’
    • ‘As you enter the room, perform a rolling dodge to the left.’
    dart, bolt, duck, dive, swerve, jump, leap, spring
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    1. 1.1informal A cunning trick or dishonest act, in particular one intended to avoid something unpleasant.
      ‘the grant system's widespread use as a tax dodge’
      • ‘Promoters who mass-market tax dodges now must disclose their deals and customers' names.’
      • ‘What he's doing here is a bit of a dodge, and that's only encouraging the press to go after him again.’
      • ‘I mean, that goes in the hall of fame of dodges and fishy explanations.’
      • ‘The dining area is understated and tasteful, and thanks to a few interior dodges (fake windows and the odd mirror) it avoids inducing claustrophobia.’
      • ‘But such dodges can only hold the press at bay for so long.’
      • ‘How dare this President collect taxes from ordinary Americans after touting a company that created 881 offshore dodges to avoid taxes.’
      • ‘In theory, then, Mr. Secretary, can you address the corporate tax dodge?’
      • ‘The notion of diversity is simply an ideological dodge to conceal the fact that selection is being reintroduced to favour some at the expense of others.’
      • ‘Let's bring back ‘education and job training,’ those favored dodges from work responsibilities.’
      • ‘Citing such impersonal forces - such as poverty - is always a dodge for individual responsibility.’
      • ‘The effect has been to encourage the well-off to take out plans for children as a tax dodge.’
      • ‘The bill repeals restrictions on ‘top-heavy’ pension plans set up as tax dodges by employers.’
      • ‘He thinks that being in college is a great dodge to avoid work, so he throws all the tests.’
      • ‘I had just enrolled in graduate school, chiefly as a dodge.’
      • ‘They present this response as a matter of conviction rather than an artful dodge.’
      • ‘Employers who attempt this dodge could be held liable for back payments of employment taxes, plus penalties and interest.’
      • ‘Kelly, I suppose it's a bit of an artful dodge to say get rid of all 527s.’
      • ‘The very first chief was initially derided as a fox guarding the henhouse, but he did a sterling job - precisely because he knew all the financial dodges.’
      • ‘If this sounds like a dodge by those afraid of accountability, why the suspicion among successful districts?’
      • ‘At the time, asbestos victims and unions warned it was a dodge to try and avoid escalating liabilities.’
      ruse, ploy, scheme, tactic, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, hoax, wile, cheat, deception, blind, pretext, manoeuvre, device, machination, contrivance, artifice, expedient
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  • 2Bell-ringing
    The dodging of a bell in change-ringing.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the senses ‘dither’ and ‘haggle’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dodge

/dɒdʒ/