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parry

verb [T] uk   /ˈpær.i/ us    /ˈper-/
to defend yourself from a weapon or an attack by pushing the weapon away or by putting something between your body and the weapon to manage cleverly to avoid dealing with a difficult question or some criticism: Predictably the president parried enquiries about the arms scandal.
parry
noun [C] uk   us  
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