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James feinted left and drove right.
  any distracting or deceptive maneuver; or the act of making the maneuver
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Feint is most typically used for physical maneuvers as when boxing, fencing, or moving troops where a mock attack diverts attention from the real attack. But it can also be used much more generally as when Charlotte Bronte wrote of "a mere feint of politeness."
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  • James feinted left and drove right.
  • Matt had a spike or sneak option on the final touchdown play. We were over on the sideline feinting the spike call, knowing that Matt was going to try the sneak.
    Pete Carroll
  • She has no command authority, but her job is to make sense of each thrust, parry and feint on the battlefield.
  • His feint of thrusting, followed instantly by a happily delivered blow...
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • They jockey for position, feinting, dueling; the two gangs shift position, now and again temporarily obscuring the fighters.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • He was oversimplifying here, skittering off there, dodging and feinting.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Marcus feints left with his scim, and when Helene counters, he grins.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Bluffs inside bluffs, feints within counterfeints.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Not even the restless George, who now came slowly toward the doe, his nose outthrust as he tasted her scent, seemed to disturb her equanimity until the big male wolf, perhaps hurt in his dignity by her unconcern, made a quick feint in her direction.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Kate feinted to the side — moving as if to flee — and when Martina lunged to stop her, Kate snared her ankle with the lasso and jerked her off her feet.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society

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  • She withdrew and feinted, her feet jabbing and flexing on the floor with birdlike grace.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The stride length, the quickness of the foot feints, all clearly revealed to his unfailing eye, made him reassess his second conclusion.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • A feint and then the real hit.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • To dribble was to suffer the loss of the ball, so the skilled player developed fakes, feints, and a stiff arm that carried him near enough the basket to shoot.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Jamie whirled away and feinted with the stool, forcing the orderly back toward the door.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • — for there was no flim-flam, no excuse, no pre-emptive line with which to meet such a catastrophe; and when I got on my knees and reached under the bed to put my hands on the pillowcase (as I did, blindly and at erratic interludes, to make sure it was still there) it was a quick feint and drop like grabbing at a too-hot microwave dinner.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Inexplicably, he hesitated—for a bit of showy footwork, a juke to the left, a feint back to the right.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Their blades ground apart, and now they were moving across the floor in a blur of feints and slashes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Feint, withdraw, skim the globe to another point, withdraw again, feint again; and then Ender said "Go on in, Alai."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • May not even this be a feint that will increase your triumph by affording a wider scope for your revenge?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • His clothes were wet and clammy and there was a feint chill.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • For he never means to swallow a single limb; he only thinks to terrify by feints.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • That was a feint, designed to catch the opponent offguard.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Young as he was, however, he had sense enough to make a feint of feeling great regret at going away.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Young Jerry, who had only made a feint of undressing when he went to bed, was not long after his father.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was a good maneuver—a feint followed by a strike to the face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I feinted to the other side.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Near the brush fence two roosters bowed and feinted at each other with squared wings and neck feathers ruffed out.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • A few brave men were strung before them to make a feint of resistance, and many there fell before the rest drew back and fled to either side.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The king and the cardinal are the best of friends; their apparent bickerings are only feints to deceive fools.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Cut over—feint!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Seeing that I meant to dodge, he also paused; and a moment or two passed in feints on his part and corresponding movements upon mine.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • After a while I deciphered the feint outlines of an unfamiliar window.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • I landed behind him with a splash and feinted toward his head, as I’d done before.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • He feinted right.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He feinted with the tip of his javelin and Artemis dodged.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • The attack on Hougomont was something of a feint; the plan was to draw Wellington thither, and to make him swerve to the left.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I acted in the capacity of backer, or best-man, to the bridegroom; while a little limp pew-opener in a soft bonnet like a baby’s, made a feint of being the bosom friend of Miss Skiffins.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He feinted and lunged and effortlessly made the rest of the class—even the kids who were pretty good, like Damien—look like awkward puppets.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • When he burst through the entrance, Hungry Joe had his gun out and was struggling to wrench his arm free from Huple to shoot the cat, who kept spitting and feinting at him ferociously to distract him from shooting Huple.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Paul snapped up the rapier, feinted fast and whipped it back for a slow thrust timed to enter a shield’s mindless defenses.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • When they were within ten paces of him, he flicked open his wrist-blades, feinted at them, and they scattered into cafes, brasseries, patisseries, and boulangeries, lunging for safety anywhere they could find it.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The note of authority in his voice seemed to subdue her, and when he had jumped from the sleigh she let him help her out, saying only, with a vague feint of reluctance: "But there isn’t a sled round anywheres."
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • But he by stabbing out and feinting with his spear averted death’s hard hour for that day.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • She would keep repeating the same pattern — feint and run, feint and run — until she found a hole through my defenders.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Maceo moved and I feinted with the bottle, seeing him dodge, his arm set to throw and held only because I was crowding him; a dark old man in overalls and a gray long-billed cloth cap, who looked dreamlike through the green glasses.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • He recognises what is played through feint, by the air with which it is thrown upon the table.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • I recollect being very much surprised by the feint everybody made, then, of not having been to sleep at all, and by the uncommon indignation with which everyone repelled the charge.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They also told her the next time I cut class or even made a feint toward trouble, I’d be expelled.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • He feinted with the tray again.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
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