Artful Dodger


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Artful Dodger

nickname for the sly pickpocket, John Dawkins. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
See: Cunning

Artful Dodger

tricky thief; pupil of Fagin. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Oliver Twist]
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Dawkin's appearance did not say a vast deal in favour of the comforts which his patron's interest obtained for those whom he took under his protection; but, as he had a rather flightly and dissolute mode of conversing, and furthermore avowed that among his intimate friends he was better known by the sobriquet of 'The Artful Dodger,' Oliver concluded that, being of a dissipated and careless turn, the moral precepts of his benefactor had hitherto been thrown away upon him.
The quarter to five has struck, and the play slackens for a minute before goal; but there is Crew, the artful dodger, driving the ball in behind our goal, on the island side, where our quarters are weakest.
Lucas, Jake and Alexander have been double-cast as the cheeky chappy Artful Dodger while Dylan will be playing the role of Oliver on alternate nights.
But Phillip, 55, looked less like a toff and more like the Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist.
The Artful Dodger, like the bulk of the Tory Party, supported remaining within the EU.
After a whirlwind few months of gigs and appearances following her exit from The X Factor, Lola has been in the studio with Artful Dodger and had a very popular cameo in the Customs House Comedy Gala in February.
You may remember Mark Hill as one half of Artful Dodger who stormed the charts with their garage sounds in the late 90s (but also inflicted Craig David on us).
When you get to a town or city the Aygo comes into its own, ducking and weaving like a latter day Artful Dodger with sharp steering and compact dimensions allowing it to get in and out of tight spots.
The story will revolve around the pickpocket duo of Oliver Twist and Artful Dodger, but after they grew up and twenty years after their adventure in the Dickens' novel.
PENISTONE Centre Stage Musicals are searching for boys to audition for the roles of Oliver and the Artful Dodger.
Dodger is said to be inspired by Dickens' Artful Dodger character in Oliver Twist.
The exhibition, which opens on Tuesday and runs until August, highlights the similarities with Oliver Twist characters Bill Sykes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger, Uriah Heep from David Copperfield and Newcastle offenders.