(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