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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Friends say Alex is not hugely happy about being the oldest in the band and often fudges the issue answering 'the late 20th century' when asked his date of birth in interviews.
Hanson fudges the issue, suggesting that the Persians were "perhaps fooled by a ruse of Themistocles," the Athenian naval commander.
And Philip Dolan, chairman of the Scots Haemophilia Society, said: "It fudges the issue.
He added that if the IRA fudges the issues of disarmament and disbandment their actions should be treated as an insult and a political trick.
It's a work of intelligence and integrity and fudges the issues only with its unlikely ending.