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evade
as in:  evade the question


She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
  to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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  • She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
  • She evaded the questions skillfully.
  • They tend to evade their responsibilities
  • his evasion of his clear duty was reprehensible

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  • To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.
    Fritz Kunkel
  • As fast as laws are devised, their evasion is contrived.
    German Proverb
  • Expectations, evaluations, internal evasions
    Fly out of me like puddles of blood from a wound
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • PROCTOR, evading: I—have no knowledge in that line.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "That’s exactly the kind of topic Haymitch told me to steer clear of," I say evasively,
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • She is right about my evasiveness.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook

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  • Which brings me back to my question—the one you so cleverly evaded.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • BIFF [evasively]: I’m not hateful, Mom.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • "I don’t know yet," she said evasively.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • "I thought we were past all the evasiveness," I grumbled.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • ...he found Kemerer as respectful and evasive as ever.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Though he was cannily evasive on personal details, she was gathering information.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • HEDDA:  What sort of a man is your husband, Thea?  I mean—you know—in everyday life. Is he kind to you?

    MRS. ELVSTED:  [Evasively.]  I am sure he means well in everything.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  Hedda Gabler
  • ...you are free to think or to evade that effort.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Enraged at the evasion of the jinn, the Coven no longer cared for fey secrets.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I know I evade it, as many men—perhaps most men—do evade thinking their way through their greatest perplexity.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • It is a claim which she cannot evade or deny.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • "I assure you I haven’t the slightest wish to evade my obligations," she said steadily.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • He had never before been convicted of a lie, and all the resources of evasion failed him.
    Wharton, Edith  --  Ethan Frome
  • Any one might have seen in her haggard face that there was no suppression or evasion so far.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Great Expectations
  • It was equally repugnant to her to accept the evasion offered by this delicate deception.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask
  • So, in regard to disagreeable and formidable things, prudence does not consist in evasion or in flight, but in courage.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
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