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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

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

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
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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
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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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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.
One of Dodge's most powerful late works is Untitled: Bundle and Rope (1996).
Dodge was fond of Seneca's observation, ars longa, vita brevis; life is short but art endures.