fudge the issue

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fudge the issue

To dodge or avoid doing something. The phrase often has a connotation of deceit. The finance department is fudging the issue for now, but once news reaches the CEO, they will have to admit whatever they did to make these figures so impressive. I know you didn't do any of the chores I assigned you, and you can't fudge the issue any longer!
See also: fudge, issue
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While Malacanang repeatedly fudged the issue of ultimate responsibility for Mamasapano, the BOI report, in dispassionate language, made clear that three people were principally responsible for the incident: sacked SAF director Getulio Napenas for his failure to coordinate the operation with the military; Purisima for having taken an active hand in its implementation despite his suspended status, even giving Napenas the pivotalultimately harmful"advice" not to bring the military and the Department of Interior and Local Government into the loop; and the President himself, for having allowed the participation of the suspended Purisima, thereby bypassing the PNP chain of command.
He fudged the issue when asked about it at a news conference, saying there would be rearrangement of relations through practical co-operation.
Southgate fudged the issue of his striker's weight when pressed on the issue, but in the summer of 2008, Mido employed a personal trainer to help him slim down.
Tony Blair had the opportunity to get rid of the House of Lords and fudged the issue.
But having fudged the issue by giving Tiger a two-stroke penalty - a cop-out if ever there was one - I don't think the world No.
Sir Albert later fudged the issue when questioned by opposition councillors saying that he had 'not issued a policy statement to that effect'.
Silverspoon Cameron has merely fudged the issue, saying accepting bonuses is a matter of individual choice.
Don't hold your breath though, because the powers-that-be have so far fudged the issue raised by Wales Under-20 cap Steve Shingler attempting to throw his lot in with Scotland at senior level.
BLAIR has once again scorned our opinion and fudged the issue of signing the new treaty.
She said in Glasgow: "The Government have fudged the issue about making England a smoke-free place.
An embarrassed Robson then fudged the issue by claiming he had drawn a line under the issue after Dyer apologised.
The National Assembly has fudged the issue of a national sports museum, even though sport is enjoyed by so many of the people it serves.
The Taoiseach has fudged the issue for long enough - he must decide if he's in favour of a war or against it.
The authorities have fudged the issue and if I as captain cannot talk to the head of the ICC and tell him he has let down a group of cricketers then no- one can.