dodg·​er | \ ˈdä-jər How to pronounce dodger (audio) \

Definition of dodger

1 : one that dodges especially : one who uses tricky devices
2 : a small leaflet : circular
4 : a usually canvas screen on a boat or ship that provides protection from spray

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Examples of dodger in a Sentence

one of the most artful dodgers in the annals of American crime
Recent Examples on the Web In a few minutes, the three traffic dodgers — Lou DiPaolo, 24, of Dumont, N.J.; Anne Songcayauon, 23, of New Milford, N.J.; and James Rosenstein, 26, of South Orange, N.J. — trundled down Bunn Road and added more signs to the overpass display. Marcus Hayes,, "At U.S. Women's Open, Trump protesters persist," 13 July 2017 Was Johnny Depp an innocent fleeced at the hands of Hollywood hucksters or a scheming artful dodger attempting to sue his way out of his wastrel lifestyle and outrageous spending and any remaining debt to his former business managers?, "How Did Johnny Depp Find Himself in a Financial Crisis?," 5 July 2017 The legislative game of cat-and-mouse between French lawmakers radar dodgers has been going on for years. Peter Sayer, PCWorld, "French police crack down on traffic information apps over terrorism concerns," 28 Apr. 2017 On both systems, disruptive incidents like fare dodgers, who pry open the back doors of busses with little protest from drivers or authorities, have been well-documented. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Here’s Why Lyft’s Plan to Reinvent the City Bus Could Actually Work," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of dodger

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dodger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dodger

: a person who avoids doing something by being dishonest

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