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dodge a bullet

To narrowly avoid something or some situation that turns out to be undesirable, disastrous, dangerous, or otherwise harmful. A: "I heard that John has become a drug addict and is living out of his car. Didn't you two used to date?" B: "Yeah, but we broke up about five years ago. Looks like I dodged a bullet on that one." I really dodged the bullet when my exam was postponed to next week, as I hadn't studied for it at all!
See also: bullet, dodge

get (the hell) out of Dodge

To leave or depart from a place, especially quickly or with marked urgency. A reference to Dodge City, Kansas, the clichéd setting of cowboy and western films from the early to mid-1900s. It looks like things are getting pretty tense in here, let's get out of Dodge! With our creditors becoming increasingly aggressive, we decided to just get the hell out of Dodge and leave it all behind.
See also: dodge, get, of, out

dodge the column

To avoid doing some job or task. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, she's not really sick—she's just trying to dodge the column and leave me with all her work!
See also: column, dodge

dodge the column

shirk your duty; avoid work. British informal
Column is a military term which refers to the usual formation of troops for marching.
See also: column, dodge


n. a swindle; a scam; a deception. What sort of dodge did you get flimflammed with?

get out of Dodge

in. to leave a place. (Refers to Dodge City, Kansas, and a cliché from Western entertainment adventures about this town.) Things are looking bad here. It’s time to get out of Dodge.
See also: dodge, get, of, out
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Dodge endeavored to depict images that are actually behind the glasses, making the head into kind of a mask.
Throughout his oeuvre, Dodge returned to the still life.
Laura Jeanne Klempf was the model in Interlude on the Rocks #4 and she is seen in several works in this exhibition including a delicately drawn Sun Kissed (1982), Model Resting, Black Chair (1984) and The Artist and Muse (1992) in which Dodge renders her drapery in a columnar fashion recalling an association with a classical muse.
Dodge painted until about six months before his death in March of 1997.
Dodge was fond of Seneca's observation, ars longa, vita brevis; life is short but art endures.
For additional information on the artist, see Debra Murphy-Livingston, Passion and Clarity: The Art of Joseph Jeffers Dodge (Jacksonville, Florida: The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 2002).
We take in the horses, retrain them, and then adopt them out to good homes where feasible,'' Dodge said.
Chris, a day-care manager for a program for the mentally ill, spends much of her off-time tending the horses, Dodge said.
These guys seem to appreciate the care people give them after they've been abused,'' Dodge said.
Their work with abused horses has recently extended to work with abused children as well, Dodge said.
Dodge said he hopes to work with local at-risk or troubled kids as well.
Facing eviction because they have 19 horses in a corral zoned for 16, they are seeking larger quarters, Dodge said.
It's hard to keep up with the number of horses coming in,'' Dodge said.
Dodge said if that measure passes, more horses that would have been shipped to slaughterhouses in other states would be simply abandoned, much like unwanted dogs or cats.
Dodge says they'll do whatever they can to welcome those castaways.