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Parry

Par´ry   Pronunciation: păr´rŷ
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Parried (păr"rĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Parrying.]
1.To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
2.To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
v. i.1.To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
n.1.A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.
Noun1.Parryparry - a return punch (especially by a boxer)
Verb1.parry - impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack"
Synonyms: deflect, block
2.parry - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
about the bush, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, around the bush, back and fill, beat about, beat around, beat off, beg the question, bicker, block, boggle, cavil, check, choplogic, confound, confute, contradict, controvert, counter, crush, defeat, demolish, deny, dismiss, dispose of, dodge, drive back, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, fend, fend off, finish, floor, hedge, hem and haw, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, hum and haw, keep at bay, keep off, mince the truth, mince words, mystify, nitpick, nonplus, obscure, obstruct, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, palter, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back, push back, pussyfoot, put back, put off, put to silence, quibble, rebuff, rebut, recoil, reduce to silence, refute, repel, repulse, settle, sheer off, shift, shift off, shrink, shuffle, shut up, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep, silence, smash all opposition, split hairs, squash, squelch, stave off, step aside, stop, subvert, swerve, tergiversate, turn aside, undermine, upset, waffle, ward off, weasel
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