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Artful Dodger, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishArtful Dodger, thethe Artful DodgerˌArtful ˈDodger, the  a young pickpocket (=someone who steals things from people’s pockets) in the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. He protests that he is a ‘victim of society’. People sometimes describe someone as an ‘artful dodger’ if they refuse to accept responsibility for their actions The minister was regarded as the artful dodger of British politics.
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