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1‘she helped herself to a square of fudge’
chewy sweet, toffee
2‘the latest proposals are a fudge’
compromise, cover-up, halfway house
equivocation, spin, casuistry, sophistry, speciousness
1‘I am sure a no-nonsense chap like you will not fudge the issue’
evade, dodge, skirt, avoid, duck, shift ground about
hedge, prevaricate, vacillate, be non-committal, shuffle, parry questions, stall, shilly-shally, beat about the bush, mince words, mince one's words
British hum and haw
informal waffle, cop out, flannel, sit on the fence
be forthright about
2‘the government has been fudging figures’
falsify, fake, distort, manipulate, misrepresent, misreport, bend, spin, put a spin on, massage, tamper with, tinker with, interfere with, change, doctor, juggle
embellish, embroider, warp, colour
informal cook, fiddle with
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