dodge

To dodge something is to avoid it. In dodge ball, players dodge the balls being thrown at them.

Dodging is making quick, sudden movements, usually to avoid something. You have to move quickly to dodge a flower pot that's falling from a ledge. In football, running backs are good at dodging defensive players. Politicians do a lot of maneuvers and manipulations to dodge blame, and plenty of people dodge responsibility for something they're supposed to take care of. So any kind of evasion strategy is a dodge.

Definitions of dodge
1

n a quick evasive movement

Type of:
evasion
the act of physically escaping from something (an opponent or a pursuer or an unpleasant situation) by some adroit maneuver

n a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery

Synonyms:
dodging, scheme
Type of:
falsehood, falsity, untruth
a false statement

n an elaborate or deceitful scheme contrived to deceive or evade

Synonyms:
contrivance, stratagem
Types:
plant
something planted secretly for discovery by another
pump-and-dump scheme
an illegal scheme for making money by manipulating stock prices; the schemer persuades other people to buy the stock and then sells it himself as soon as the price of the stock rises
wangle, wangling
an instance of accomplishing something by scheming or trickery
Type of:
scheme, strategy
an elaborate and systematic plan of action

v make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid

“The child dodged the teacher's blow”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course

“the pickpocket dodged through the crowd”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

“He dodged the issue”
Synonyms:
circumvent, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
Types:
beg
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

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