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artful dodger

A rogue or miscreant who avoids getting in trouble for their crimes, mischief, or bad behavior through crafty or ingenious means. Taken from the name of a clever pickpocket in Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. She's always causing mischief, but she's such an artful dodger that she always finds a way to get out of trouble.
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(ˈkɔfnæ dɑdʒɚ)
n. a heavy smoker. I just hate these damn coffin-dodgers who smoke right outside the door!

Artful Dodger

a sly person, especially one involved in dubious or criminal activities. It was the nickname of Jack Dawkins, a young pickpocket in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist. The character survives in the stage and movie musical Oliver!, which was based on the Dickens novel, but the phrase as applied to a “sneaky Pete” is now rarely if ever heard. “Dodger” in the sense of evading danger inspired the name of the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) baseball team; in its early years in Brooklyn, the team was the “Trolley Dodgers.” Brooklyn had many streetcar lines, and to play in the streets required youngsters to dodge streetcars, and “trolley dodger” became the slang term for anyone from that borough.
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In his first at-bat, with two outs in the first inning and Kenny Lofton on third base, Kent took two balls then drilled a double to left field to score Lofton and give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
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Still, of the seven games played between the Dodgers and Mets this season, four of which were won by New York, pitching was the key to five of them, including all four in a late-season series split between to the two clubs three weeks ago.
He was asked about his old team's chances now that the first-round matchups have been determined and the Dodgers are off to New York to open a best-of-five series against the Mets on Wednesday, the winner to get the Cardinals-Padres winner.
The gut reality of it is that here in late September, the Dodgers are fighting the Giants for October, battling Giants who otherwise are just trying to stay out of last place.
The Dodgers fell 1 1/2 games behind San Diego in the National League West and a half-game behind Philadelphia in the wild-card standings.
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The Dodgers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and 2 outs, but Salomon Torres struck out Jeff Kent on a 3-2 pitch.
But San Diego's Terrmel Sledge managed to guide it into right field for a single the Dodgers might remember for a long, long time, easily scoring Khalil Green from second base.
With the scene set - a half-game lead over visiting San Diego in the National League West, their Hall of Fame savior on the mound - the Dodgers started arguably their most important weekend of the season.
Maddux threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings and the Dodgers opened a crucial series with a 3-1 victory over the Padres in front of 52,911 at Dodger Stadium.