Word of the Day: dodge

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February 24, 2016
dodge (verb, noun)
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In the game dodgeball, people dodge out of the way when balls are thrown at them.
To dodge means 'to avoid something by moving suddenly to one side.' It also means 'to avoid a debt or a responsibility in a dishonest manner,' or simply 'to act evasively in response to something.' As a noun, dodge is a quick and sudden movement, as to avoid something, or a dishonest trick or scheme used for deception.


Example sentences


Fiona dodged her little brother's attempts to splash her in the swimming pool.
They accused him of dodging his taxes.
The politician dodged the question many times during the debate.
The rugby player's dodge allowed her to avoid the tackle and go on to score.
I don't believe he's sick; it's just a dodge to get out of taking his Spanish test.


Multi-word forms
dodge a bullet: used figuratively, this means to have a narrow escape from a situation that could have had unpleasant consequences for you. Example: "So the boss didn't find out it was you who lost those files? You really dodged a bullet there!"
Additional information
Especially in British English, the adjective "dodgy" means that somebody or something is suspect or seems dishonest. Example: "If something sounds too good to be true, it's probably dodgy and you should be very careful." In informal conversation, many US speakers would be more likely to say sketchy or shady (which we wrote about in Monday's Word of the Day article).
Did you know?
Dodgeball is a game that is played by two teams that throw balls at each other. The goal is to hit the players of the other team, eliminating them from the game. It is played with three or more balls. Usually, children play it in schools, but some high schools and even universities have dodgeball teams too!
Dodge dates back to the mid- to late 16th century, but its precise origins are unknown.
Dodge in other languages
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