Definition of fudge in English:
- There is nothing remotely healthy about the crumbly fudge from the Burnt Sugar Sweet Company but it is simply the best around and my secret vice.
- Following recent takeovers, it has now extended its range to include wine gums, fruit pastilles, jelly beans and traditional boiled sweets, toffees and fudge.
- By the age of 10 I was boiling up fudge, toffee and Turkish delight with, it seemed to me, only the merest hint of adult supervision.
- But, I gorged myself on prime rib and chocolate ice cream cake with hot fudge sauce.
- You are trying to diet and someone offers you a luscious rich slice of chocolate fudge cake.
- Things don't get better when I ask about dessert at the bar, and the barman confers with his superiors before revealing that all they've got left is hot chocolate fudge cake.
- That's why the opposition needs to start thinking now about these issues; a pre-election fudge is unlikely to pass muster.
- Their laissez-faire attitude toward corporate accounting during the go-go years may have contributed to the fudge turning to fraud.
- It's a simple matter of fairness and principle, but that would be far too much to expect of an organisation whose disciplinary committee has made a laughing stock of itself this season with various spineless fudges and cop-outs.
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- As they did not insist on punishing the guilty, his supporters could take recourse to the ambiguities in political procedures to fudge the issue of criminal responsibility altogether.
- So why does the council leaflet apparently fudge the issue by talking of education while not letting on that the education in question is of the private variety?
- Once again it would appear that he is trying to fudge the issue.
- But if you don't feel comfortable with such blatant figure fudging, you can tinker with the words.
- That's why I respect him so much - he gave an honest answer, rather than trying to fudge up data to support his desires, as do many, many figures on both the left and the right.
- According to media reports, the corporation has been accused of fudging facts and figures regarding funds that were used for reconstruction and rehabilitation.
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early 17th century: probably an alteration of obsolete fadge 'to fit' Early usage was as a verb in the sense 'turn out as expected', also 'merge together': this probably gave rise to its use in confectionery. In the late 17th century the verb came to mean 'fit together in a clumsy or underhanded manner', which included facts or figures being cobbled together in a superficially convincing way: this led to the exclamation 'fudge!' and to sense 3 of the noun.
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