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Dodged the column

Posted by Kmccary on June 13, 2010 at 15:33

I recently encountered, in a book written in the 1950's, the phrase "dodged the column." I have looked for it on this site and the internet generally; I see it in use on various webpages, but do not see anything which gives a meaning or a derivation. It does appear to be English, and I suspect that it may have originated during one of the World Wars, but that is speculation, not fact. Does anyone know recognize the phrase and know what it means, and why? Thanks for any help!