fudge

verb
\ˈfəj \
fudged; fudging

Definition of fudge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to devise as a substitute : fake

b : falsify fudged the figures

2 : to fail to come to grips with : dodge fudged the issue

intransitive verb

1 : to exceed the proper bounds or limits of something feel that the author has fudged a little on the … rules for crime fictionNewsweek also : cheat fudging on an exam

2 : to fail to perform as expected

3 : to avoid commitment : hedge the government's tendency to fudge on delicate matters of policy— Claire Sterling

fudge

noun

Definition of fudge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : foolish nonsense often used interjectionally to express annoyance, disappointment, or disbelief

2 : a soft creamy candy made typically of sugar, milk, butter, and flavoring

3 : something that is fudged especially : a bending of rules or a compromise

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Examples of fudge in a Sentence

Verb

Politicians have been known to fudge the issues. The treasurer fudged the figures. It was later discovered that the researchers had fudged their data.

Noun

We bought three kinds of fudge. His response to these charges has been a series of denials and fudges.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Casting a shadow over the process is the Irish border issue, still considered the most complex problem in the negotiations, one that provoked a crisis in December before a fudged, last-minute compromise was reached. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "U.K. Reaches Brexit Transition Deal With E.U.," 19 Mar. 2018 Another article in The New York Post has similarly fudged Maurer’s partisan affiliation to make the same point. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Does criticizing Trump make his base like him more?," 24 June 2018 Fifteen years of forced hard labor, bound ankle to wrist in chains, simply wasn’t proportionate to the offense of fudging a payroll ledger. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 Unscrupulous politicians will be tempted to fudge figures to win votes, or to give lenders false reassurance. The Economist, "The hounding of Greece’s former statistics chief is disturbing," 14 June 2018 The number was considered by some advocates and the press to be dubious, especially given recent revelations that the city had fudged lead paint inspections in public housing units for years. Anne Branigin, The Root, "New York City Finally Admits that More than 800 Kids Living in Public Housing Tested High for Lead," 2 July 2018 Dairy Queen: Paying homage to the new Jurassic World movie, the chain’s new limited Jurassic Chomp Blizzard includes peanut butter bites and fudge topping. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Restaurants compete to have this summer's coolest and wackiest drinks," 26 June 2018 So if Texas is fudging its lane counts (for shame!) where is the world's widest highway? Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World’s Widest Highway Spans a Whopping 26 Lanes," 18 June 2018 Administrators aren’t directly told to fudge reports, said Rebecca Dahl, a retired Broward County principal. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "School Board wants to ensure all campus crimes are reported," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The retro truck carries vanilla, chocolate, and Scooptopia — vanilla ice cream with peanut butter, caramel and fudge. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 Other treats include caramels, salted caramels, gummies and fudge. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh Alaska vegetables are a ways off, but local eggs and seafood are here to tide you over," 25 Apr. 2018 And here’s a pro tip: Skip the (totally decent!) shake and get a hot-fudge sundae with peppermint stick ice cream. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s top 4 burger spots — ranked by Seattle Times critics," 10 July 2018 Commence with caramel, venture on to vanilla, progress to peanut, and finish with fudge. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "People are panic-buying Necco wafers. They’re freaking out about the wrong candy.," 17 Apr. 2018 There will come a point when the mixture sets like fudge. Michelle Matthews, AL.com, "Three Georges has been sweet on downtown Mobile for 100 years," 29 Mar. 2018 The hippo poo is is just a chocolate fudge caramel brownie with peanut butter and rolled oats. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Disney World Is Now Selling Animal Poop for Dessert," 26 June 2015 The compromise is soon revealed to be an unsustainable fudge. William Booth, Washington Post, "Two years after Brexit vote, British leaders still tied in knots over how to leave Europe," 20 June 2018 The fudge brownies your cubemate brought to cure the Monday blues? Lindsey Bever, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should probably stop snacking at work," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of fudge

Verb

1674, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fudge

Verb

origin unknown

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fudge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fudge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

fudge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fudge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soft, sweet brown candy

: a statement that does not deal with a problem or issue in a direct way

fudge

noun
\ˈfəj \

Kids Definition of fudge

: a soft creamy candy chocolate fudge

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