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’
    • ‘I pushed myself up and dodged a sudden flurry to my right, just in time to avoid someone else's arms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he made a sudden move, Ashley reckoned she might dodge him and escape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pensioners who have to dodge dual-carriage way traffic to catch a bus are dicing with death, a county councillor has claimed.’
    • ‘Mike nimbly dodged these attacks and delivered brutal counters that took out his enemies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He took a swing at him, but John nimbly dodged the blow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He dodges her as she tries to hit him with the weapon.’
    • ‘My lips formed a silent O as we dodged what little traffic there was.’
    • ‘I watched the fighter fend off or dodge the attack of every solo fighter.’
    • ‘I stepped forward, trying to grab his shoulders, but he dodged me once again.’
    • ‘As he easily dodged the blow he brought himself behind Michael and grabbed his wrist with both hands.’
    • ‘The children skillfully dodged him as they dashed out the door.’
    • ‘He attacked right then left, both parried and did a quick back roll to dodged a vertical attack.’
    • ‘This time, he wasn't quick enough in dodging any attacks.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘She ignored him totally and quickly dodged through the mass swiftly, knowing he couldn't keep up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 quickly dodged to the right and stood to put her arm around my shoulder.’
      • ‘Aaron jumped up and slashed down, forcing the terrorist to dodge to the left.’
      • ‘They went into the forest then, the horse dodged around the trees quickly and jumped over a dead log.’
      • ‘The people who heard him dodged to the side quickly.’
      • ‘Before she landed on me however I dodged to the side of the sofa, causing her to land flat on her face.’
      • ‘The demons dodged from side to side spectacularly avoiding the bullets as Scarlett knew they would.’
      • ‘I grabbed my stomach and quickly dodged to my right, to avoid his fists yet again.’
      • ‘Melanie quickly dodged out of the way moving next to Cameron.’
      • ‘She pulled him up onto the seat behind her, swerving down over the main street to dodge through the rest of the traffic.’
      • ‘Tora quickly dodged out of the way as the creature sailed passed her.’
      • ‘I swung at him but he dodged to one side, so I, without delay, moved behind him.’
      • ‘Jonathan easily dodged out of the way, and then rushed at the now defenseless student.’
      • ‘With no warning at all, she charged forward, swiping her sword widely, but Davin quickly dodged to the side.’
      • ‘A silver flash flew at him, he dodged to the left just in time.’
      • ‘As he dodged to the side, he had to quickly move again as a tentacle came shooting towards him.’
      • ‘A face appeared in the doorway, but they quickly dodged away from the door.’
    2. 1.2 Evade (a debt or obligation) in a cunning or dishonest way.
      ‘he'd caught her dodging fares on the underground’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only if no attempt is made to collect my fare will I dodge payment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Are you dodging the social life question?’
      • ‘Those are charges he says he has no intention of answering in the war crimes court, if he can dodge it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have asked him direct questions and he never dodges them, although he may well give himself a moment of reflection before he replies.’
      • ‘People caught dodging the licence fee, which is £116 a year, can be fined up to £1, 000, plus court costs.’
      • ‘The subject has three choices: yes, no, or dodge the question.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His failure to address that question leaves him open to the charge of dodging an important issue.’
      • ‘No respite is given to the women constantly dodging detection and caught up at every turn by gender-specific restrictions.’
      • ‘Swindon Council has called in the bailiffs to sort out motorists dodging parking fines.’
      • ‘The same question recurs on every trip, and we never dodge it.’
      • ‘He understands how to employ our military more effectively - despite dodging the draft during the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘He remains in nimble form when it comes to dodging some questions, though.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So if you are using a fluorescent tube source, dodging and burning in the enlarged negative stage may be preferable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This includes dodging and burning in selected areas within a photograph so long as it does not change the content of the image.’
    • ‘Similarly, a print area might require dodging during the initial exposure to keep it from reversing when solarized.’
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A quick dodge saved her head from an incoming fist.’
    • ‘They paused for a moment and began to trade a flurry of blows, parries and dodges in a blur of movement.’
    • ‘He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.’
    • ‘As you enter the room, perform a rolling dodge to the left.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Startled by his quick dodge, I lost my defensive edge.’
    • ‘The two swordsmen were behind him and they were starting to get the hang of his dodges.’
    • ‘After a series of dodges Hikaru started to lose his breath.’
    • ‘The boost in graphical detail has also improved their movements, making their dodges, grapples and infiltrations seem much more realistic.’
    • ‘He had excellent ball control, beautiful dodges and his crosses were the most precise and measured.’
    • ‘It's frustrating, especially when your mad dodges and leaps bring you into the path of an enemy you couldn't see.’
    • ‘A guard shot at me but with a quick dodge from my new agility I managed to avoid at it.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I mean, that goes in the hall of fame of dodges and fishy explanations.’
      • ‘Citing such impersonal forces - such as poverty - is always a dodge for individual responsibility.’
      • ‘At the time, asbestos victims and unions warned it was a dodge to try and avoid escalating liabilities.’
      • ‘Employers who attempt this dodge could be held liable for back payments of employment taxes, plus penalties and interest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kelly, I suppose it's a bit of an artful dodge to say get rid of all 527s.’
      • ‘If this sounds like a dodge by those afraid of accountability, why the suspicion among successful districts?’
      • ‘In theory, then, Mr. Secretary, can you address the corporate tax dodge?’
      • ‘But such dodges can only hold the press at bay for so long.’
      • ‘Promoters who mass-market tax dodges now must disclose their deals and customers' names.’
      • ‘How dare this President collect taxes from ordinary Americans after touting a company that created 881 offshore dodges to avoid taxes.’
      • ‘He thinks that being in college is a great dodge to avoid work, so he throws all the tests.’
      • ‘What he's doing here is a bit of a dodge, and that's only encouraging the press to go after him again.’
      • ‘The bill repeals restrictions on ‘top-heavy’ pension plans set up as tax dodges by employers.’
      • ‘The dining area is understated and tasteful, and thanks to a few interior dodges (fake windows and the odd mirror) it avoids inducing claustrophobia.’
      • ‘The effect has been to encourage the well-off to take out plans for children as a tax dodge.’
      • ‘Let's bring back ‘education and job training,’ those favored dodges from work responsibilities.’
      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/