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DODGE, v.i. 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, v.t. 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.]




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DODGE, v.i. 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, v.t. 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.]


DODGE, v.i. [doj; from some root signifying to shoot, dart or start, and not improbably from the same root as dog, as d is not radical.]

  1. To start suddenly aside; to shift place by a sudden start. – Milton.
  2. To play tricks; to be evasive; to use tergiversation; to play fast and loose; to raise expectations and disappoint them; to quibble. – Hale. Addison.

DODGE, v.t.

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


Dodge
  1. To start suddenly aside, as to avoid a blow or a missile] to shift place by a sudden start.

    Milton.
  2. To evade by a sudden shift of place; to escape by starting aside; as, to dodge a blow aimed or a ball thrown.
  3. The act of evading by some skillful movement; a sudden starting aside; hence, an artful device to evade, deceive, or cheat; a cunning trick; an artifice.

    [Colloq.]

    Some, who have a taste for good living, have many harmless arts, by which they improve their banquet, and innocent dodges, if we may be permitted to use an excellent phrase that has become vernacular since the appearance of the last dictionaries. Thackeray.

  4. To evade a duty by low craft; to practice mean shifts; to use tricky devices; to play fast and loose; to quibble.

    Some dodging casuist with more craft than sincerity. Milton.

  5. Fig.: To evade by craft; as, to dodge a question; to dodge responsibility.

    [Colloq.] S. G. Goodrich.
  6. To follow by dodging, or suddenly shifting from place to place.

    Coleridge.
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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.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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