Definition of dodge in English:

dodge

verb

[with object]
  • 1Avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement.

    ‘marchers had to dodge missiles thrown by loyalists’
    • ‘When the news was wafted to his father's factory, all his colleagues dodged him as if they were avoiding a deadly plague.’
    • ‘This time, he wasn't quick enough in dodging any attacks.’
    • ‘I pushed myself up and dodged a sudden flurry to my right, just in time to avoid someone else's arms.’
    • ‘He attacked right then left, both parried and did a quick back roll to dodged a vertical attack.’
    • ‘How the trio dodge him, with timely help from the professor and the magical map of the prison castle is the rest of the story, which is filled with surprise twists and turns.’
    • ‘If he made a sudden move, Ashley reckoned she might dodge him and escape.’
    • ‘He dodges her as she tries to hit him with the weapon.’
    • ‘The children skillfully dodged him as they dashed out the door.’
    • ‘I stepped forward, trying to grab his shoulders, but he dodged me once again.’
    • ‘His hand stretched out to pet his cat but she dodged him and jumped over his stomach to purr against my legs.’
    • ‘She threw herself to the floor, just barely dodging a bullet that was aimed for her head.’
    • ‘We turned another corner, narrowly dodging another bullet, running down the alleyway.’
    • ‘He took a swing at him, but John nimbly dodged the blow.’
    • ‘Mike nimbly dodged these attacks and delivered brutal counters that took out his enemies.’
    • ‘As he easily dodged the blow he brought himself behind Michael and grabbed his wrist with both hands.’
    • ‘My lips formed a silent O as we dodged what little traffic there was.’
    • ‘On this day it was a question of dodging the rain that at times hammered down, and then of course out came the Sun, and it was like playing in a sauna.’
    • ‘I watched the fighter fend off or dodge the attack of every solo fighter.’
    • ‘Vehicles merely gain speed near a zebra crossing for the fear of catching a signal and the pedestrians are left dodging speeding vehicles to get to the other end of the road.’
    • ‘Pensioners who have to dodge dual-carriage way traffic to catch a bus are dicing with death, a county councillor has claimed.’
    dart, bolt, duck, dive, swerve, body-swerve, sidestep, veer, lunge, jump, leap, spring
    elude, evade, avoid, stay away from, steer clear of, escape, run away from, break away from, lose, leave behind, shake, shake off, fend off, keep at arm's length, give someone a wide berth, keep one's distance from
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Move quickly to one side or out of the way.
      ‘Adam dodged between the cars’
      • ‘With no warning at all, she charged forward, swiping her sword widely, but Davin quickly dodged to the side.’
      • ‘The people who heard him dodged to the side quickly.’
      • ‘As he dodged to the side, he had to quickly move again as a tentacle came shooting towards him.’
      • ‘I shook my head in dismay and dodged to one side as a BMW 3 series with loud rap music blasting out the open windows tried to turn me into a smear on the cobbled stone road.’
      • ‘Melanie quickly dodged out of the way moving next to Cameron.’
      • ‘She ignored him totally and quickly dodged through the mass swiftly, knowing he couldn't keep up.’
      • ‘I swung at him but he dodged to one side, so I, without delay, moved behind him.’
      • ‘She quickly dodged to the right and stood to put her arm around my shoulder.’
      • ‘He quickly dodged out of their way, but four turned and headed after him.’
      • ‘Before she landed on me however I dodged to the side of the sofa, causing her to land flat on her face.’
      • ‘They went into the forest then, the horse dodged around the trees quickly and jumped over a dead log.’
      • ‘A face appeared in the doorway, but they quickly dodged away from the door.’
      • ‘The demons dodged from side to side spectacularly avoiding the bullets as Scarlett knew they would.’
      • ‘I grabbed my stomach and quickly dodged to my right, to avoid his fists yet again.’
      • ‘Jonathan easily dodged out of the way, and then rushed at the now defenseless student.’
      • ‘Tora quickly dodged out of the way as the creature sailed passed her.’
      • ‘He dodged nimbly to the left and we fell on our faces in a puddle of mud.’
      • ‘Aaron jumped up and slashed down, forcing his opponent to dodge to the left.’
      • ‘A silver flash flew at him, he dodged to the left just in time.’
      • ‘She pulled him up onto the seat behind her, swerving down over the main street to dodge through the rest of the traffic.’
    2. 1.2Evade (a debt or obligation) in a cunning or dishonest way.
      ‘he'd caught her dodging fares on the underground’
      • ‘Only if no attempt is made to collect my fare will I dodge payment.’
      • ‘No respite is given to the women constantly dodging detection and caught up at every turn by gender-specific restrictions.’
      • ‘Are you dodging the social life question?’
      • ‘We have asked him direct questions and he never dodges them, although he may well give himself a moment of reflection before he replies.’
      • ‘Smith, who massaged facts and refused to face questions, dodged responsibility to the last.’
      • ‘People caught dodging the licence fee, which is £116 a year, can be fined up to £1, 000, plus court costs.’
      • ‘For a broader understanding of why his army lost the war he ought to poll the many who dodged the draft, not just the few who took the King's shilling.’
      • ‘He understands how to employ our military more effectively - despite dodging the draft during the Vietnam War.’
      • ‘His failure to address that question leaves him open to the charge of dodging an important issue.’
      • ‘Everybody's got to be somewhere, and there I was in Vancouver at the age of five, dodging the draft into the War in Vietnam.’
      • ‘Those are charges he says he has no intention of answering in the war crimes court, if he can dodge it.’
      • ‘From what I understand there are a whole host of possibilities where they could be used to catch people who dodge their road tax or drop litter.’
      • ‘He dodges all sorts of critical questions that the reader wants answered: do extreme conditions really reveal nothing relevant about human motives and choices?’
      • ‘A compromise regarding participation in such a war is out of the question; this is why the Greens dodged the issue at their latest conference.’
      • ‘The same question recurs on every trip, and we never dodge it.’
      • ‘I do not think it is appropriate for a Minister to answer a question in the House in a way that attempts to dodge full responsibility for this appalling breach.’
      • ‘The telecom company was asked to comment on the letter - and on the specific question of legal action - but decided instead to dodge the issue.’
      • ‘He remains in nimble form when it comes to dodging some questions, though.’
      • ‘The subject has three choices: yes, no, or dodge the question.’
      • ‘Swindon Council has called in the bailiffs to sort out motorists dodging parking fines.’
      avoid, evade, shun, get out of, slide out of, back out of, steer clear of, sidestep, circumvent, skirt round, bypass, give something a miss, find a way out of
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  • 2often as noun dodgingPhotography
    Expose (one area of a print) less than the rest during processing or enlarging.

    • ‘Similarly, a print area might require dodging during the initial exposure to keep it from reversing when solarized.’
    • ‘So if you are using a fluorescent tube source, dodging and burning in the enlarged negative stage may be preferable.’
    • ‘The sky was a dull gray color - vastly different than the solid black he created by dodging and burning the final print in the darkroom.’
    • ‘This includes dodging and burning in selected areas within a photograph so long as it does not change the content of the image.’
    • ‘This does take time, and if the end result wasn't quite what you wanted, then it was back to the enlarger to burn and dodge again.’
  • 3Bell Ringing
    no object (of a bell in change-ringing) move one place contrary to the normal sequence, and then back again in the following round.

noun

  • 1A sudden quick movement to avoid someone or something.

    • ‘A guard shot at me but with a quick dodge from my new agility I managed to avoid at it.’
    • ‘The boost in graphical detail has also improved their movements, making their dodges, grapples and infiltrations seem much more realistic.’
    • ‘She rushed in, preparing to make a quick dodge into the kitchen to grab another drink and then get back out, but froze on the spot two steps into the house.’
    • ‘They paused for a moment and began to trade a flurry of blows, parries and dodges in a blur of movement.’
    • ‘It's frustrating, especially when your mad dodges and leaps bring you into the path of an enemy you couldn't see.’
    • ‘He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.’
    • ‘The person swung around to avoid dodges and hits from Ewen and Tess.’
    • ‘As you enter the room, perform a rolling dodge to the left.’
    • ‘He had excellent ball control, beautiful dodges and his crosses were the most precise and measured.’
    • ‘After a series of dodges Hikaru started to lose his breath.’
    • ‘Swift dodges from all three prevented anything from happening, but it was close.’
    • ‘The two swordsmen were behind him and they were starting to get the hang of his dodges.’
    • ‘Startled by his quick dodge, I lost my defensive edge.’
    • ‘A quick dodge saved her head from an incoming fist.’
    dart, bolt, duck, dive, swerve, jump, leap, spring
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    1. 1.1informal A cunning trick or dishonest act, in particular one intended to avoid something unpleasant.
      ‘the grant system's widespread use as a tax dodge’
      • ‘How dare this President collect taxes from ordinary Americans after touting a company that created 881 offshore dodges to avoid taxes.’
      • ‘The effect has been to encourage the well-off to take out plans for children as a tax dodge.’
      • ‘The bill repeals restrictions on ‘top-heavy’ pension plans set up as tax dodges by employers.’
      • ‘Employers who attempt this dodge could be held liable for back payments of employment taxes, plus penalties and interest.’
      • ‘Promoters who mass-market tax dodges now must disclose their deals and customers' names.’
      • ‘In theory, then, Mr. Secretary, can you address the corporate tax dodge?’
      • ‘They present this response as a matter of conviction rather than an artful dodge.’
      • ‘Kelly, I suppose it's a bit of an artful dodge to say get rid of all 527s.’
      • ‘The notion of diversity is simply an ideological dodge to conceal the fact that selection is being reintroduced to favour some at the expense of others.’
      • ‘At the time, asbestos victims and unions warned it was a dodge to try and avoid escalating liabilities.’
      • ‘He thinks that being in college is a great dodge to avoid work, so he throws all the tests.’
      • ‘The dining area is understated and tasteful, and thanks to a few interior dodges (fake windows and the odd mirror) it avoids inducing claustrophobia.’
      • ‘Let's bring back ‘education and job training,’ those favored dodges from work responsibilities.’
      • ‘But such dodges can only hold the press at bay for so long.’
      • ‘I mean, that goes in the hall of fame of dodges and fishy explanations.’
      • ‘I had just enrolled in graduate school, chiefly as a dodge.’
      • ‘The very first chief was initially derided as a fox guarding the henhouse, but he did a sterling job - precisely because he knew all the financial dodges.’
      • ‘Citing such impersonal forces - such as poverty - is always a dodge for individual responsibility.’
      • ‘What he's doing here is a bit of a dodge, and that's only encouraging the press to go after him again.’
      • ‘If this sounds like a dodge by those afraid of accountability, why the suspicion among successful districts?’
      ruse, ploy, scheme, tactic, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, hoax, wile, cheat, deception, blind, pretext, manoeuvre, device, machination, contrivance, artifice, expedient
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  • 2Bell Ringing
    The dodging of a bell in change-ringing.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the senses ‘dither’ and ‘haggle’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

dodge

/dɒdʒ/