1fudge verb \ˈfəj\
: to fail to deal with (something) in an open and direct way
: to speak or act in a way that is meant to avoid dealing with a problem directly
: to change (something) in order to trick people
a : to devise as a substitute : fake
b : falsify <fudged the figures>
: to fail to come to grips with : dodge <fudged the issue>
: to exceed the proper bounds or limits of something <feel that the author has fudged a little on the … rules for crime fiction — Newsweek>; also : cheat <fudging on an exam>
: to fail to perform as expected
: to avoid commitment : hedge <the government's tendency to fudge on delicate matters of policy — Claire Sterling>
Examples of FUDGE
- Politicians have been known to fudge the issues.
- The treasurer fudged the figures.
- It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data.
Origin of FUDGE
First Known Use: 1674
: a soft, sweet brown candy
: a statement that does not deal with a problem or issue in a direct way
: foolish nonsense —often used interjectionally to express annoyance, disappointment, or disbelief
: a soft creamy candy made typically of sugar, milk, butter, and flavoring
: something that is fudged; especially : a bending of rules or a compromise
Examples of FUDGE
- We bought three kinds of fudge.
- His response to these charges has been a series of denials and fudges.
First Known Use of FUDGE
Related to FUDGE
- applesauce [slang], balderdash, baloney (also boloney), beans, bilge, blah (also blah-blah), blarney, blather, blatherskite, blither, bosh, bull [slang], bunk, bunkum (or buncombe), claptrap, codswallop [British], crapola [slang], crock, drivel, drool, fiddle, fiddle-faddle, fiddlesticks, flannel [British], flapdoodle, folderol (also falderal), folly, foolishness, nonsense, garbage, guff, hogwash, hokeypokey, hokum, hoodoo, hooey, horsefeathers [slang], humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey (also malarky), moonshine, muck, nerts [slang], nuts, piffle, poppycock, punk, rot, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, slush, stupidity, taradiddle (or tarradiddle), tommyrot, tosh, trash, trumpery, twaddle
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