dodge

Definitions

  • Mary Mapes Dodge
    Mary Mapes Dodge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dodge 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"
    • v dodge make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid "The child dodged the teacher's blow"
    • v dodge move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course "the pickpocket dodged through the crowd"
    • n dodge a quick evasive movement
    • n dodge an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade "his testimony was just a contrivance to throw us off the track"
    • n dodge a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The General Lee cars used in the popular show The Dukes of Hazards were 1969 Dodge Chargers
    • Dodge Fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge responsibility.
    • n Dodge The act of evading by some skillful movement; a sudden starting aside; hence, an artful device to evade, deceive, or cheat; a cunning trick; an artifice. "Some, who have a taste for good living, have many harmless arts, by which they improve their banquet, and innocent dodges , if we may be permitted to use an excellent phrase that has become vernacular since the appearance of the last dictionaries."
    • Dodge To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble. "Some dodging casuist with more craft than sincerity."
    • Dodge To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown.
    • Dodge To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.
    • Dodge To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile; to shift place by a sudden start.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first Ford cars had Dodge engines
    • dodge To start suddenly aside; shift place by a sudden start, as to evade a blow or escape observation.
    • dodge To shift about; move cautiously, as in avoiding discovery, or in following and watching another's movements: as, he dodged along byways and hedges; the Indians dodged from tree to tree.
    • dodge To play tricks; be evasive; play fast and loose; raise expectations and disappoint them; quibble.
    • dodge To jog; walk in a slow, listless, or clumsy manner.
    • dodge To evade by a sudden shift of place, or by trick or device; escape by starting aside, or by baffling or roundabout movements: as, to dodge a blow; to dodge a pursuer or a creditor; to dodge a perplexing question.
    • dodge To play fast and loose with; baffle by shifts and pretexts; trick.
    • n dodge A shifty or ingenious trick; an artifice; an evasion.
    • dodge In change-ringing, to change the place or order of (a bell) in the series used.
    • n dodge Of a bell in change-ringing, a change in its place or order in the series used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As mentioned, the first Fords used Dodge engines. Many ford vehicles now use Nissan engines, especially in Mini-vans.
    • v.i Dodge doj to start aside or shift about: to evade or use mean tricks: to shuffle or quibble
    • v.t Dodge to evade by a sudden shift of place: to trick
    • n Dodge an evasion: a trick: a quibble
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Quotations

  • Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
    Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
    “Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”
  • Sir Josiah Stamp
    Sir Josiah Stamp
    “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”
  • Joseph Fort Newton
    Joseph Fort Newton
    “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone: Dodging duty at the double, leaving work alone.”
  • Larry Speakes
    Larry Speakes
    “I would dodge, not lie, in the national interest.”
  • Edgar Quinet
    Edgar%20Quinet
    “Philosophy may be dodged, eloquence cannot.”

Idioms

Dodge the bullet - If someone has dodged a bullet, they have successfully avoided a very serious problem.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of uncertain origin: cf. dodder, v., daddle, dade, or dog, v. t

Usage

In literature:

She had brought it upon herself, but now she dodged the issue.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
Two of Judge Chapman's daughters married Francis Dodge, junior; first Jane, then Frances Isabella.
"A Portrait of Old George Town" by Grace Dunlop Ecker
Dodge was the mistress.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
The striking distance of a snake is about one-third the creature's length, and the stroke is so swift that no creature can dodge it.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
And more in the rear ranks were dodging or leaping the fallen knights and horses.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
He slid his gears into high and dodged around corners recklessly.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
He had lost some time in the dodging and twisting, and now the whole Blue eleven were thundering at his heels.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
Dodge had been one of Lester's best friends.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
I saw him jest before he pulled and I dodged.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
I dodged behind three chairs and moved them hastily into a rampart.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
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In poetry:

When I look into the looking glass
I'm always sure to see -
No matter how I dodge about -
Me, looking out at me.
"The Looking Glass" by C J Dennis
Along the most forsaken roads,
Intent on dodging graft,
He headed for the Great North West,
And laughed, and laughed and laughed.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
Only, there was a way… you crept
Close by the side, to dodge
Eyes in the house, two eyes except:
They styled their house "The Lodge."
"Confessions" by Robert Browning
And here he took a careful aim,
And gaily cried "Here goes!"
I tried to dodge it as it came,
But somehow caught it, all the same,
Exactly on my nose.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
"Ho! you Boatswain that walks the deck,
How does it happen you're not a wreck?
One and another have come to grief,
How have you dodged by rock and reef?"
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
They roped Bill into a game of "draw"
(Against which, in Dodge, there was no law).
The stakes for a time were very low,
In fact, the playing was very slow.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard

In news:

BD offers the X-Power Ram performance module for 2003 and newer Dodge 5.9-liter diesels.
George Washington Carver defeats Dodge County.
A group of Fort Dodge businesses are presenting "It's a Ghoul 's Night Out" from 5 to 8 pm Tuesday.
An eagle sits watching the North Umpqua River as a vultures swoops down dodging the eagle.
Living in Dodge makes me downright happy.
Man smears grease on license plate to dodge toll at Goethals Bridge, police say.
Dodging Co-Workers That Take Advantage of Your Good Nature.
Poster Boy dodges jail on judge's goof .
The subway vandal known as Poster Boy just barely dodged jail yesterday, thanks to an oversight by the judge sentencing him.
Fort Dodge Senior High is getting a new grand piano for its band room.
Elkhorn High School, northeast of 204th Street and West Dodge Road.
Al Jones Gazette A new Chrysler minivan sits outside the new Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Ram dealership Tuesday morning at 3939 Stadium Drive.
KALAMAZOO — The Harold Zeigler Automotive Group will officially open its new Chrysler, Dodge, Ram dealership Thursday evening.
Conditions at Augusta, Bush Field, GA. James Arness, the 6-foot-6 actor who towered over the television landscape for two decades as righteous Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon in " Gunsmoke ," died Friday.
Independent Danny Dalton, independent Andrew Ian Dodge and Democrat Cynthia Dill.
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In science:

Since we have to do the more disruptive moves anyway, we use them for everything and dodge this point.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Arthanari and Dodge (1981) and Sukhatme et al.
Optimum allocation in multivariate stratified random sampling: Stochastic matrix optimisation
This approach has been treated in detail by Arthanari and Dodge (1981).
A modified Pr\'ekopa's approach in optimum allocation in multivariate stratified random sampling
Of course there is the well-known Turing Test (Turing, 1950), however this paradoxically seems to be more about dodging the difficult problem of explicitly defining intelligence than addressing the real issue.
An Approximation of the Universal Intelligence Measure
Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Oklahoma, 440 W.
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems
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