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English definition of “parry”

parry

verb [T]     /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 weaponResponding to an attackMoving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive to manage cleverly to avoid dealing with a difficult question or some criticism: Predictably the president parried enquiries about the arms scandal.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much parry     noun [C] Responding to an attackMoving in order to avoid contactDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of parry verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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