Verb > Dodge

Verb > Dodge

1 a (+ object) : to move quickly to one side in order to avoid being hit by (someone or something)

He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second.

dodging traffic

b always followed by an adverb or preposition, (no object) : to move quickly in order to avoid being hit, seen, stopped, etc.

She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home.

He dodged (=ducked) behind the bushes.

We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street.

2 (+ object) : to get away from or avoid (someone or something) in a skillful or dishonest way

She dodged (=evaded) the question by changing the subject.

They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit.

She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent.

Many young men tried to dodge the draft (=to avoid being drafted into the military) by leaving the country.