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She parried the question by asking...
  to avoid — in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
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  • She parried the question by asking...
  • The knight parried and struck back.
  • She parried his attempts to provoke her.
  • Others circled to listen to the thrust and parry of their exchange.

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  • I calmly parried every thrust.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • There is a go-for-broke tactic, "the target," taught by the best swordmasters, which consists in headlong advance with arm, wrist, and blade in full extension—all attack and no attempt to parry.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • He slashed at Annabeth, and I parried the blade away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • We exchanged thrusts and parries, getting a feel for each other’s fighting style.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Luke showed me thrusts and parries and shield blocks the hard way.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • A Hunter came out of nowhere and slashed at me with her knife, but I parried and kept running.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse

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  • And there was an old gentleman who shall be nameless ... who, in the battle of White Plains, being an excellent master of defence, parried a musket-ball with a small sword, insomuch that he absolutely felt it whiz round the blade, and glance off at the hilt; in proof of which he was ready at any time to show the sword, with the hilt a little bent.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • He came at Jace with a side swing; Jace parried, though the force of Sebastian’s blow sent a shock up his arm.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She put two on, he parried, lifting a third and fourth from the serving dish.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The noise was strange, somehow more painful than receiving the blow, but Celaena thought little of it when he charged again and she met his weapon, parrying with ease.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "I like what you’ve done with it," she parries.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • She parried the metal lady’s spear with her huge cavalry sword, but she was about to be overpowered.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Within the thin veil Branna conjured she sliced and parried while Meara, relentless, drove her back.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He struck in a humming circle behind him and Ralph only just parried the blow.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I parried the blow, and we fought up and down the dais, while the battle raged around us and one by one the members of the Circle fell.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • He had parried with his great bowie knife, and at first I thought that he too had come through in safety.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Without thinking, he lunged forward, but Brom easily parried the blow.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Luma parried the challenges and maintained a supplicant monotone that would’ve amused the boys on the Fugees, who knew what she sounded like when she wanted to make a point.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ’Why, do you think?’ inquired Fagin, parrying the question.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • She parried with the two Hatters.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Alec had Sandalphon in one hand, a hachiwara—good for parrying multiple attackers—in the other.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "Oh, it is, huh?" she parried, stalling.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The skeletal cavalry officer with the broken sword lashed out at her, and she parried with her own sword.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Then they rose to fight the duel, and I followed the swift thrusts and parries of the swords and the waverings of poor Bob as his courage oozed out at his finger ends.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He has the attack, no wasted feints, wrist, dash, lightning, a just parade, mathematical parries, bigre! and he is left-handed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Svidrigailov parried with disgust.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Backstepping toward the Ra’zac, Roran parried a sword thrust, then swung his hammer up under the man’s chin, sending him to the ground.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I felt my heels and coat-laps peculiar subjects of assault; and parrying off the larger combatants as effectually as I could with the poker, I was constrained to demand, aloud, assistance from some of the household in re-establishing peace.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Paul fell back, parrying.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Being once pursued by a whale which he had wounded, he parried the assault for some time with a lance; but the furious monster at length rushed on the boat; himself and comrades only being preserved by leaping into the water when they saw the onset was inevitable.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Jussac, anxious to put an end to this, springing forward, aimed a terrible thrust at his adversary, but the latter parried it; and while Jussac was recovering himself, glided like a serpent beneath his blade, and passed his sword through his body.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Lancelot parried the stroke with his bough, and the knight’s sword stuck in the wood.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But Janjungpa parried every charge leveled against him by repeating the promise he claimed Mortenson had made to him.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Had she the remotest doubt of the correctness of her deductions, she would have had them confirmed now, for Sir Andrew, completely taken by surprise, had grown very pale, and was quite incapable of making the slightest attempt at clever parrying.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • He stood still in deference to their calls and parried their banter with easy words.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Already on her third page of precise notes, she listens intently as a talkative student in the first row parries with James on the "evangelical fervor" question.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Eragon pivoted around Roran, whose left side was slick with blood, and parried the sword of the other Ra’zac.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Such was the address of each in parrying and striking, that the spectators broke forth into a unanimous and involuntary shout, expressive of their delight and admiration.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "Cruc — " But Snape parried the curse, knocking Harry backward off his feet before he could complete it; Harry rolled over and scrambled back up again as the huge Death Eater behind him yelled, "Incendio!"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • The better class of man, even if caught by airy affectations of dodging and parrying, is not retained by them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • He had hitherto taken up a cold and even antagonistic attitude to this new doctrine, and with Countess Lidia Ivanovna, who had been carried away by it, he had never argued, but by silence had assiduously parried her attempts to provoke him into argument.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • She could not answer it, so she parried it by saying, "Well, if you are not a deceiver, at least you are very romantic"; and Captain William let this observation pass without challenge.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She spun, thrust, parried, and rarely missed the mark.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • For it would have been impossible for him to hide from Eppie that she was not his own child: even if the most delicate reticence on the point could have been expected from Raveloe gossips in her presence, her own questions about her mother could not have been parried, as she grew up, without that complete shrouding of the past which would have made a painful barrier between their minds.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • I parried these questions without giving him much information.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • With his fists, forearms, palms, and little shield, he parried the hurlies, balls, and spears that came simultaneously from all directions.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
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