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dodge Syllabification: dodge

Definition of dodge in English:


[with object]
1Avoid (someone or something) by a sudden quick movement: we ducked inside our doorway to dodge shrapnel that was raining down
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  • 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.
dart, bolt, dive, lunge, leap, spring
elude, evade, avoid, escape, run away from, lose, shake (off), jink
informal give someone the slip, ditch
1.1 [no object] Move quickly to one side or out of the way: Adam dodged between the cars
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  • 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.
1.2Avoid (something) in a cunning or dishonest way: he went after people who had either dodged the war or invented a record in it
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  • 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?
avoid, evade, get out of, back out of, sidestep, do an end run
informal duck, wriggle out of
2 (often as noun dodging) Photography Expose (one area of a print) less than the rest during processing or enlarging.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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1A sudden quick movement to avoid someone or something.
Example sentences
  • 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.
dart, bolt, dive, lunge, leap, spring
1.1A cunning trick or dishonest act, in particular one intended to avoid something unpleasant: bartering can be seen as a tax dodge
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with dodge

bodge, Hodge, lodge, splodge, stodge, wodge

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