Dodge

(1 syl.). An artful device to evade, deceive, or bilk some one. (Anglo-Saxon, deogian, to conceal or colour.)

The religious dodge.
Seeking alms by trading on religion.

The tidy dodge.
To dress up a family clean and tidy so as to excite sympathy, and make passers-by suppose you have by misfortune fallen from a respectable state in society.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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