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 Dodge (1 syl.).Dodger. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dodge About (To),
in school phrase, is to skip about and not go straight on through a lesson. A boy learns a verb, and the master does not hear him conjugate it straight through, but dodges him about. Also in class not to call each in order, but to pick a boy here and there.   1

 Dodge (1 syl.).Dodger. 

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