from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Dodge, Mary Elizabeth Mapes 1831-1905. American editor and writer best known for her children's classic Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (1865).

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  • proper n. A surname derived from a Middle English diminutive of Roger. (Typically found in the United States.)
  • proper n. A brand of motor vehicle.


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  • Thanks Americans, I knew you were the people for the job.

    December 18, 2012

  • Wordnik conversations seldom dodge an issue. What a ball!

    December 18, 2012

  • Here's more about Dodge City:

    December 18, 2012

  • OR......A trip to the darkside similar to 'Bad day at Blackrock' that proceeded it. It was derived from a book "'Bad time at Honda', believe it or not?! * Perhaps we need a new category of iroquoisy called Chevy Apache or perhaps' fruit batty day at blackrock' (in a dark cave)?

    *....and one day Hyundai????????.....(someday)...*

    Does oneday want in or out??? (or Chrysler for more?) What does it afFord?

    a link-on?

    December 18, 2012

  • According to one theory, the phrase comes from the TV series Gunsmoke.

    December 18, 2012

  • Thank you.
    I was wondering if it was because Dodge was not a nice place, and hence deserved to be on my list of Cities I would like to see destroyed in disaster movies.

    December 17, 2012

  • It comes from popularized version of the history of Wyatt Earp. I don't know it well, but he was in Dodge City, and at some point it became well-advised for him to leave

    December 17, 2012

  • There's that phrase, 'time to get out of Dodge'. Anyone know the orgin?

    December 17, 2012