from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ranting preacher.
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"All right, devil-dodger," said he wearily, after a long sullen silence.
So, in the fading twilight of life, he smiled the smile of contentment, as became one who had emptied more quarts, had delivered more harrowing discourses, and had lived familiarly with more scoundrels than any devil-dodger of his generation.
And the doctor gave him all that he had, the mean-spirited devil-dodger, and it was no more than eighteenpence.
'I have a great mind to tell him how you watch me, you infernal devil-dodger!'
'Come out, you devil-dodger!' he bellowed savagely.
I'll have hundreds of pounds next week -- hundreds; 'and he broke out fiercely,' get me more brandy; don't mind that devil-dodger. '
If I 'ave a weakness, Miss Susan, it's for the right word in the right place -- as the coster said to the devil-dodger as blowed him up for purfane swearin'.