And his deft strong hands did their accustomed task, and he went out of the room stepping lightly. five minutes later he as lightly returned.
Gerasim went up to him, grasped his master with his strong arms deftly but gently, in the same way that he stepped — lifted him, supported him with one hand, and with the other drew up his trousers and would have set him down again, but Ivan Ilych asked to be led to the sofa.
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I can deft the bosses as long as they deb us.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
He felt his stomach clench as he realized how deftly Isabelle had deflected his questions and distracted him with kissing, and he felt stupid.