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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Whenever they are faced with one of these challenges, the Tories continue to mess about, delaying and fudging the issue to buy time for this limp and exhausted government.
Fudging the issue CADBURY has dropped the Fudge bar from its festive selection box and replaced it with a Dairy Milk Oreo, sparking anger from some chocolate lovers.
I know the BHA currently has plenty to think about, but it's time to stop fudging the issue of sectional timing.
It is one way of looking at it, but the minister, like the opposition parties, is fudging the issue.
Even by totally fudging the issue to save face, our councillors have proved again beyond doubt that they are not up to the job when it comes to managing major projects.
Fudging the issue might have been better from a purely political point of view, but it would have lacked credibility in the long run.
He also criticized Clarence House officials who were accused of fudging the issue in the run-up to the register office ceremony in order to defuse public hostility.
Rhodri Morgan, while fudging the issue, talks of a lot of public money being spent on the next phase.
"I don't expect it will have escaped your notice that the Scottish regiments have succeeded in fudging the issue of regimental names," he said.
To say that there is no fertilisation involved is just fudging the issue. They are creating a carbon copy of a human individual.
They fear the leader's failure to grasp the nettle of independence by fudging the issue will confuse voters.
Savill accused Levy Board chairman Rob Hughes of fudging the issue and demanded confirmation of whether it had taken into account the changes in the fixture list for 2004 in its income forecast.
Is there still an excuse to continue fudging the issue?
The employers were irresponsible fudging the issue of reform in their attempt to avoid Friday's strike, while the union was oblivious to public safety, insisting it went ahead when the two sides were inching towards agreement.
The new emphasis on waiting times is fine, as long as it is not an excuse for fudging the issue. With 80,000 Scots in the queue, too many people are still waiting too long.