Definition of fudge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fudge

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//fʌdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌdʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fudge
BrE BrE//fʌdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌdʒ//
 
he / she / it fudges
BrE BrE//ˈfʌdʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌdʒɪz//
 
past simple fudged
BrE BrE//fʌdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌdʒd//
 
past participle fudged
BrE BrE//fʌdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//fʌdʒd//
 
-ing form fudging
BrE BrE//ˈfʌdʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌdʒɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] fudge (on) something (rather informal) to avoid giving clear and accurate information, or a clear answer I asked how long he was staying, but he fudged the answer. Politicians are often very clever at fudging the issue. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably an alteration of obsolete fadge ‘to fit’. Early usage was as a verb in the sense ‘turn out as expected’, also ‘merge together’: this probably gave rise to its use in confectionery. In the late 17th cent. the verb came to mean ‘fit together in a clumsy or underhand manner’, which included facts or figures being cobbled together in a superficially convincing way: this led to the exclamation ‘fudge!’
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