a. A soft rich candy made of sugar, milk, butter, and chocolate or cocoa.
b. A similar candy made with other flavorings: peanut butter fudge.
2. Nonsense; humbug.
1. Having a rich chocolate flavor.
2. Having pieces of fudge candy as an ingredient.
v. fudged, fudg·ing, fudg·es
1. To fake or falsify: fudge casualty figures.
2. To evade (an issue, for example); dodge.
1. To act in an indecisive manner: always fudged on the important questions.
a. To go beyond the proper limits of something: fudged on the building code requirements.
b. To act dishonestly; cheat.
[Possibly alteration of fadge, to fit.]
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