dodge

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noun

1
: an act of evading by sudden bodily movement
2
a
: an artful device to evade, deceive, or trick
b

dodge

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verb

dodged; dodging

intransitive verb

1
a
: to move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course
dodged through the crowd
b
: to make a sudden movement in a new direction (as to evade a blow)
dodged behind the door
2
: to evade a responsibility or duty especially by trickery or deceit

transitive verb

1
a
: to evade by a sudden or repeated shift of position
dodge tacklers
b
: to avoid an encounter with
celebrities dodging the media
2
: to evade (something, such as a duty) usually indirectly or by trickery
dodged the draft by leaving the country
dodged questions
Phrases
dodge a bullet or less commonly dodge the bullet
: to narrowly avoid an unwelcome, harmful, or disastrous outcome or occurrence
coastal towns dodged a bullet when the hurricane veered out to sea

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Example Sentences

Noun It was just another dodge to get out of working. just another dodge to get out of working in the yard Verb He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second. She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home. We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street. They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit. She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Then came the duck-and-dodge slip away from a sack that turned into a 20-yard scamper. Jim Vertuno, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Sep. 2022 What is unusual is that this dodge came with very little notice, and as Swarm was already climbing to safety from another threat. Eric Mack, Forbes, 15 July 2022 As more hotels charged resort fees — essentially the same tax dodge — consumer complaints soared. Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 10 June 2022 There may be half-measures on guns that could help, as well as other policies aimed at problems ranging from school security to mental health help, if there is a serious desire for solutions rather than simply a dodge. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 26 May 2022 Please, somehow, save this fraudulent tax-dodge of a system from the U.S. Supreme Court. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 May 2022 With a split dodge, sophomore Maverick Smith beat his defender inside and put the diving finish past Gladiators goalie Blake Hunter, for his third goal of the game. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 4 May 2022 Financially, Iran has built a shadowy network that uses front companies and circuitous transactions to launder money and dodge sanctions, analysts say, which some believe may be offered for Russian use. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Sometimes the dodge says more than an answer could. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2022
Verb
Some scientists say that BA.5's high transmissibility is likely due to its ability to dodge vaccines' immune defenses. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 11 July 2022 Those new variants have proved better able to dodge the protection against infection accorded by the original vaccines and/or previous infection, though the shots are still highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from COVID-19. Chronicle Advice Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Aug. 2022 Private equity fund managers were able to dodge a tax increase that Sen. Joe Manchin wanted, but fellow moderate Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema insisted be taken out of the bill. Laura Davison, Erik Wasson And Ari Natter, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Aug. 2022 The new subvariant, BA.2.75, appears able to dodge immunity from vaccines and past infections, just like its Omicron cousins. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 Private equity fund managers were able to dodge a tax increase that Senator Joe Manchin wanted, but fellow moderate Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema insisted be taken out of the bill. Laura Davison, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 The amphibian is able to dodge his pursuer by cleverly hiding in a snail shell until the snake gives up the hunt. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 To help dodge the Amazon Effect, local cannabis businesses can seek out ethical tech platforms and work in tandem to create regional, self-sustaining economic models. Evan Nison, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2022 It is riddled with mutations, some known to help the coronavirus dodge the body’s immune defenses. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Joel Achenbach, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of dodge was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Dodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodge. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

dodge 1 of 2

noun

1
: a sudden movement to one side
2
: a trick done to avoid something

dodge

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verb

dodged; dodging
1
: to move suddenly aside or to and fro
We dodged through the crowd.
2
: to avoid especially by moving quickly
dodge a punch
3
: evade
I dodged the question.

Biographical Definition

Dodge

biographical name

Mary Elizabeth 1831–1905 née Mapes ˈmāps How to pronounce Dodge (audio) American author

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