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Michael IELTS Band 9
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Everyday UK Expressions (4): "a bit dodgy"

“Dodgy” is a very commonly used word in Britain, especially in informal conversation.

The general meaning is “suspicious” or “unreliable”.  The most common situations in which “dodgy” is used are:

a)      People

e.g. I wouldn’t lend him any money, if I were you.  He’s a bit of a dodgy character.

 b)      Machines

        e.g. I bought this old car very cheaply last year but the engine’s a bit dodgy.  It makes funny noises when I drive over 60 miles an hour.  I don’t know what the matter with it is.

        c)  Situations 

        e.g. I got a call yesterday from a man offering me a million pounds if I gave him my bank account details. The whole thing sounded very dodgy to me.

There are some example sentences here.  http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=dodgy&l=0

I’m looking forward to some good quality sentences which use the word “dodgy”.  But this time, I don’t want to see any dodgy efforts!

Sep 22, 2016 3:28 PM
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'Don't sit on that chair, please. One of its legs is dodgy. My husband still can't fix it.'
September 23, 2016

Great examples from Natalia and Sudeep!  Thanks. I think this expression is easier to use than my other examples so far.  

Sudeep, I recommend replacing "I may face rain" with "It might/may rain".

September 23, 2016

Thank you @Michale for another nice lesson:)

Today,I want to go home but the weather seems to be a bit dodgy,I may face rain on my way. 


September 23, 2016
Thank you@Michael for suggesting a better alternative:)
September 26, 2016
Michael IELTS Band 9
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