A subtle device to set aside the truth, or escape the punishment of the law; as if a man should tempt another to strike him first, in order that he might have an opportunity of returning the blow with impunity. Avoiding something by flight or artifice. He is nevertheless punishable, because he becomes himself the aggressor in such a case. An escape from custody.
- n. The act of eluding or avoiding, particularly the pressure of an argument, accusation, charge, or interrogation; artful means of eluding.
Syn. - Shift; subterfuge; shuffling; prevarication; equivocation.