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.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man

  • 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.

    A Book of Scoundrels

  • And the doctor gave him all that he had, the mean-spirited devil-dodger, and it was no more than eighteenpence.

    A Book of Scoundrels

  • 'I have a great mind to tell him how you watch me, you infernal devil-dodger!'

    The Bishop's Secret

  • 'Come out, you devil-dodger!' he bellowed savagely.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • I'll have hundreds of pounds next week -- hundreds; 'and he broke out fiercely,' get me more brandy; don't mind that devil-dodger. '

    The Bishop's Secret

  • 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'.

    Stephen Archer and Other Tales


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  • devil-dodger (n) a preacher, esp of the ranting kind; someone who attends churches of various kinds, to be on the safe side.

    December 28, 2015