Definition of dodger in English:

dodger

noun

  • 1informal [often with modifier] A person who engages in cunning tricks or dishonest practices to evade a debt or obligation:

    ‘tax dodgers’
    ‘a fare dodger’
    • ‘Road tax dodgers face fines of up to £1, 000, or five times the 12-month rate of duty if this is a greater amount.’
    • ‘Terrorists cannot be dealt with by the same legal system as TV licence dodgers.’
    • ‘Some tax dodgers could even face a maximum penalty of £1,000 if they are taken to court in a clampdown on unlicensed cars.’
    • ‘Similar crackdowns on fine dodgers have been staged this week throughout West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Fare dodgers who refuse to pay the initial fine usually have to fork out around £120.’
    • ‘A record number of 448,000 licence dodgers were caught throughout the UK during the year.’
    • ‘The dodgers need to know that they will be caught.’
    • ‘While it remains, the authorities should do all they can to make the dodgers pay.’
    • ‘Road tax dodgers are being targeted in a new campaign to rid the streets of illegal cars.’
    • ‘School dodgers are facing a serious crackdown in September as more than 50 truancy officers are ready to tackle the growing problem.’
    • ‘Tram bosses clamping down on fare dodgers are now sending 240 to court every week.’
    • ‘A campaign to recover millions of pounds from fine dodgers hots up this week.’
    • ‘I mean, there's worse things you can be than a draft dodger.’
    • ‘Rising ticket prices had been blamed on fare dodgers in the past.’
    • ‘Putting a world-class tax dodger at the controls of our sputtering economy has all the makings of a world-class train wreck.’
    • ‘Between 30 and 35 fee dodgers are caught in York every week.’
    • ‘The crackdown on TV licence dodgers has caused something of a fuss in York recently.’
    • ‘These are the people who gave tax breaks to every tax dodger in the country when they brought in the amnesty in 1993.’
    • ‘No wonder some suggest the checks are put there as a Revenue ploy to catch tax dodgers.’
    • ‘It's desperately sad that his parents never knew what became of their artful dodger.’
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    1. 1.1British humorous [in combination] A person who dislikes or avoids a specified thing:
      ‘a greasy-haired soap-dodger’
  • 2Nautical
    A canvas screen on a ship giving protection from spray.

    • ‘Models built after 1993 feature a fixed dodger / windshield forward of the companionway.’
    • ‘The mainsheet traveler is located on the cabin top forward of the companionway and out of the way of the dodger and cockpit bimini.’
    • ‘You can shelter behind a strong, well-anchored dodger if the boat is allowed to pivot head to wind.’
    • ‘With the dodger up it sailed downwind at nearly a knot and a half, complete with steerage!’
    • ‘A cockpit dodger or awning is a must with this design for adequate ventilation of the cabin in inclement weather.’

Pronunciation:

dodger

/ˈdɒdʒə/