If two people are trying to avoid eye contact with each other, either out of hatred or just out of lack of interest, can we have one word for this situation?
I am not sure if 'dodge' can be used. In any case, I am thinking of another word which I think I heard in Friends TV series. Perhaps I think Chandler and Joey were avoiding Ross, and Ross confronted them, and used a word starting with B, which meant avoiding. Not able to recall that word. So maybe I am also looking for a word where people are avoiding eye contact for a long period of time.
Sentences: 1. When they met in the hallway, they dodged each other, and went about their business. 2. They have been circumventing each other for days now.
I wish dodge or circumvent could be replaced with better verbs here. Something that clearly hints about avoiding eye contact.