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deft (adj) neat and skillful.
A person who is neat, quick, and skillful in doing things, especially in their movements, is deft. When a girl weaves with deft fingers, she weaves skillfully and fast. 'In a deft pass, he took the ball past the defender, and kicked the ball into the goal.' This means that moving quickly and very skillfully, he took the ball past the defender and hit the ball into the goal. A great dancer has deft footwork. That is, they move their feet with skill and very quickly. A deft handling of a situation is managing a situation so skillfully that a danger is averted or embarrassment avoided.
- Harry Houdini, the renowned magician, performed breathtaking tricks. With his deft hands he broke the locks of the chains that bound him, and that earned him the reputation of being an all-time great.
- The senator answered the press in a deft manner, without giving any scope for controversy or for misinterpretation of his words.