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Dodge


DODGE, verb intransitive doj. [from some root signifying to shoot, dart or start.]

1. To start suddenly aside; to shift place by a sudden start.

2. To play tricks; to be evasive; to use tergiversation; to play fast and loose; to raise expectations and disappoint them; to quibble.

DODGE, verb transitive To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed; to dodge a canon ball. [This is a common word, very expressive and useful, but not admissible in solemn discourse or elegant composition.]