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parry (verb) deflect a blow from an attacker; avoid answering a difficult question.

When you parry a blow, you try to defend yourself by pushing the hand, weapon, etc., of the attacker to one side. You deflect the attacking hand, weapon, etc.. You parry a blow by warding it off. You parry a question if you avoid answering it as it is difficult or inconvenient for you to answer it. Politicians usually parry questions by presspersons if they find the questions embarrassing.

  • An expert boxer, he had no difficulty in protecting himself from all the blows of his opponent by parrying them. He was quick enough to anticipate the blows and turn them away by the movements of his hands.
  • The spokesman parried questions on whether the country was going to war or not. He just avoided answering the question by saying that he had no information.
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