Dodgem is a simple abstract strategy game invented by Colin Vout in 1972 while a mathematics student at the University of Cambridge and described in the book Winning Ways. It is played on an n×n board with n-1 cars for each player—two cars each on a 3×3 board is enough for an interesting game, but larger sizes are also possible.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dodgem \Dodgem\ n. a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged.
Syn: bumper car.
n. (context British English) A bumper car in an amusement park.
Usage examples of "dodgem".
I half expected one of the visitors to rush in with word that a carny was missing or even that one had been found dead in the vicinity of the Dodgem Car pavilion, and then they would all look at me because I was an outsider, the newcomer, a likely suspect, and they would see guilt in my face, and .
Lavinia Greenslade’s grey was barging about like a dodgem car with rabies.
When the fair arrived in the village, and it came to sitting next to Giles on the Dodgems and Whirligigsthe girls took it in turns.
To Bond, American cars were just beetle-shaped Dodgems in which you motored along with one hand on the wheel, the radio full on, and the power-operated windows closed to keep out the draughts.
To Bond, American cars were just beetle-shaped Dodgems in which you motored along with one hand on the wheel, the ladio full on, and the power-operated windows closed to keep out the draughts.
He'd been trying to choose between the big dipper, waltzer and dodgems: all parts of the vulgar fairground side of heaven's attractions and only a tiny proportion of what it had to offer.
I understand there are dodgems and roller coasters and all sorts of other things to make you sick.
A police car played its regular game of dodgems down Upper Street and squealed to a halt just past him.
The noise of the dodgem cars bounced off the walls and the electricity at the tips of their trailing poles fizzed and sparked.
His destination proved to be the open-air Dodgem Car pavilion, where he paused for one last look around, then climbed the two steps, unhitched the gate, and stepped under the electrical-grid ceiling, moving among the small cars that were parked wherever their last paying drivers had left them, from one end of the wooden floor to the other.
Her mouth quacked on about deja vu just as if she weren't drowning in it, and the Crown Vic moved forward like one of those sadistic Dodgem cars at Revere Beach.
They found him after lunch in a grass field outside the small Oxfordshire town of Abingdon, among the hurly-burly of his swings and roundabouts and flip-flops and dodgem cars, and the Wall of Death and Sawing Through a Woman, and the many tables upon which you roll a penny for a girl to pick it up and drop it in a bucket by her side.