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That gives all the birds in the flock a better chance of taking evasive action. Times, Sunday Times (2016)To do this, these banks would be expected to take evasive action. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The shifty look, the evasive stare, the implausible excuse. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They anxiously peered ahead for car crashes coming down the road and took evasive action. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The first is that any refusal to be specific will look shifty and evasive. Times, Sunday Times (2014)One hardly knew whether to watch or take evasive action. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Again he received an evasive answer. Somewhere East of Life (1994)The on-board artificial intelligence triggers an evasive manoeuvre if a crash seems likely. Times, Sunday Times (2016)My questions brought only grudging, evasive answers. The Crossing-Place (1993)Be evasive in your answers, or try to bluff. How to Face Interviews (1981)They owe us this money but their evasive actions have meant we haven't had a penny. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And a police helicopter took evasive action after a mystery craft zoomed straight at it over Cardiff. The Sun (2008)The image of slippery, evasive politicians will be far more damaging than the details of the treaty. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I noted his evasive answer and hoped this was merely his standard procedure. Christianity Today (2000)If employees are particularly evasive with their answers, you may then feel there is sufficient call to begin a disciplinary procedure. Times, Sunday Times (2012)This may look like a dive, but half the time it is evasive action resulting in the player losing their balance. The Sun (2014)There have been a number of situations with the young Belgian where had he not taken evasive action he would have been clobbered. The Sun (2014)Downside: not advisable when meeting his parents - lack of eye contact looks evasive. Times, Sunday Times (2006)By the time he'd corrected his flying, the enemy was already into another evasive manoeuvre. BomberDespite his offer to MPs to go through the accounts, he still frequently looked evasive. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And you did, actually, look evasive. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The PM did his best yesterday to stop looking evasive and admitted he completely failed to see the bank crisis coming. The Sun (2009)Her clear, direct voice and her great interviewing style means she gets very entertaining replies from celebrities and always manages to stop politicians giving evasive answers. The Sun (2014)British governments were notified no less than 15 times over the years; each time the answer was totally evasive. The Sun (2009)
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British English: evasive ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as evasive, you mean that they deliberately avoid giving clear direct answers to questions.
He was evasive about the circumstances of his first meeting with the president.
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