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  • James feinted slightly to the side, and Edward shifted in response.†   (source)
  • Despite feints and occasional fierce battles, the Ousters retained complete control of everything within three AU of Bressia.†   (source)
  • The fencing, the feinting, frustrated me.†   (source)
  • Their blades ground apart, and now they were moving across the floor in a blur of feints and slashes.†   (source)
  • Paul snapped up the rapier, feinted fast and whipped it back for a slow thrust timed to enter a shield's mindless defenses.†   (source)
  • Cujo feinted the other way and then came boring in, snapping and growling.†   (source)
  • The stride length, the quickness of the foot feints, all clearly revealed to his unfailing eye, made him reassess his second conclusion.†   (source)
  • I learned tostick-fight—essential knowledge to any rural African boy—and became adept at its various techniques, parrying blows, feinting in one direction and striking in another, breaking away from an opponent with quick footwork.†   (source)
  • He feinted, beat the Ra'zac's blade, and, when the Ra'zac stabbed at his throat, whirled the other half of the staff across his body and deflected the thrust.†   (source)
  • Bluffs inside bluffs, feints within counterfeints.†   (source)
  • He feinted with the tray again.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He feinted with his left and put everything he had behind a right hook.†   (source)
  • Marcus feints left with his scim, and when Helene counters, he grins.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Alex feinted convincingly to the right before shifting his weight and sending the ball into the opposite corner, completely bewildering Cynthia.†   (source)
  • He feinted right.†   (source)
  • He was oversimplifying here, skittering off there, dodging and feinting.†   (source)
  • Adams interpreted such feints and maneuvers to mean the real objective was the Hudson, where Howe would join forces with Burgoyne, but then Adams decided an invasion of Philadelphia must be the plan after all.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Then it comes back, feinting a light blow from the far side, then suddenly a heavy gust from our side.†   (source)
  • He feinted, she stepped in.†   (source)
  • The barbarian could use his unrivaled strength more effectively than deceptive feints and twists.†   (source)
  • For example, Zim could have feinted at one of them, bounced fast to the other with a disabler, such as a broken kneecap then finished off the first at his leisure.†   (source)
  • If the dispatch said Advance twenty kilometers, wheel right until enemy is engaged, and hold position on flank as main attack is developed from the south, it might go out reading, Advance fifteen kilometers, wheel left, and move position according to necessity as feints are developed from the east.†   (source)
  • Feints.†   (source)
  • She tries right again and is deposited back, and tries left again and is deposited back, and now feints ANNIE to the right but is off to her left, and is promptly deposited back.†   (source)
  • Then he moved in and I feinted toward the photoreceptors.†   (source)
  • He had no emu feathers in his hair, no moistened ochre streaking his face and chest; but he snatched up a stem of yacca-yacca for spear and a splinter of ironbark for club, and jabbing, dodging, feinting and parrying he fought his pantomime self to exhaustion.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He got up off the floor, his face a great blotch of blood, and I feinted.†   (source)
  • And she and Reich feinted and dodged until Reich suddenly blew the back of D'Courtney's head out with a shot through the mouth.†   (source)
  • feint again   (source)
    feint = make a distracting or deceptive move
  • Dodge feinted left and, as The Cat moved right to avoid him, he spun and stabbed the beast with the knuckle-blade on his free hand--an ancient Wonderland weapon, the tops of its ring holes sharpened to a blade that spanned the width of four fingers.   (source)
    feinted = pretended to move to the
  • Ender watched as all his squadrons moved at once, each responding to its own situation, all guided by Ender's overall command, but daring, improvising, feinting, attacking with an independence no bugger fleet had ever shown.   (source)
    feinting = making a distracting or deceptive move
  • He feinted and thrust at Chrysaor's gut, but Chrysaor anticipated the move.†   (source)
  • He was intent on Jasper, both of them feinting as he closed the distance.†   (source)
  • He feinted with the tip of his javelin and Artemis dodged.†   (source)
  • With a strangled screech, Victoria darted out of the trees again, feinting to the side.†   (source)
  • "Try this one," he said, and feinted with the short blade in his other hand.†   (source)
  • Dorian feinted, but Chaol didn't fall for it.†   (source)
  • Feyd-Rautha leaped, feinting with right hand, but with the knife shifted in a blur to his left hand.†   (source)
  • Both sides are feinting...No, let Sam lead.†   (source)
  • Jamis leaped high, feinting and striking down with his right hand, but the hand was empty.†   (source)
  • Cort double-feinted, then came directly at him.†   (source)
  • Murtagh feinted with his left shoulder, and Eragon ducked behind his shield.†   (source)
  • He pressed the attack in a blinding array of subtle feints and blurred strikes.†   (source)
  • I drew your garrison away with feints and raids and secondary attacks.†   (source)
  • He swung the tray at his head and the cuchillero ducked and feinted and came forward.†   (source)
  • He feinted and his knife passed across the front of John Grady's shirt.†   (source)
  • They chopped at each other, feinting with their hands, too wary to close.†   (source)
  • Their blades bound and disengaged, feinted, thrust, parried, riposted.†   (source)
  • Moving around him, I feinted, then smashed a right to his chin as he came in.†   (source)
  • And I had about a second to decide which way to fly, you know, because he looked like he was aiming for the right goalhoop — my right, obviously, his left — but I had a funny feeling that he was feinting, and so I took the chance and flew left — his right, I mean — and — well — you saw what happened,' he concluded modestly, sweeping his hair back quite unnecessarily so that it looked interestingly windswept and glancing around to see whether the people nearest to them — a bunch of gossiping third-year Hufflepuffs — had heard him.†   (source)
  • I feinted to the other side.†   (source)
  • Queue got the first blow in, feinting a straight-fingered jab with his left hand and coming up and around with a swinging kick instead.†   (source)
  • Feints within feints within feints.†   (source)
  • He feinted right and under, and they were pressed against each other, knife hands gripped, straining.†   (source)
  • Paul, the smile frozen on his face, feinted with slowness as though inhibited by the drug and at the last instant dodged to meet the downflashing arm on the crysknife's point.†   (source)
  • She took a step and, feinting to the side and reaching a hand to the small of her back, she whipped out her weapon.†   (source)
  • Feinting a lunge to the left, he spun around on his heel and rapped her sharply across the knuckles with the gladius.†   (source)
  • Feints and counterfeints.†   (source)
  • In the midst of all the activity was Max, a beautiful, harmonious whirl of motion and feints as he sensed his opponents' positions and anticipated their every move.†   (source)
  • Whether that would be the main assault or merely feints to assess Rowan's strength remained to be seen.†   (source)
  • In a flash, not one Ronin but three circled around Augur in a whirl of knives, feinting and attacking.†   (source)
  • "Because," she replied, and feinted toward his right shoulder, causing him to raise his shield and leap backward in alarm, "I've had over a hundred years of practice.†   (source)
  • Without pause, Eragon yanked the falchion free, feinted toward Murtagh's right knee, then whipped the falchion in the opposite direction and sliced Murtagh across the cheek.†   (source)
  • Like a serpent's tongue it flickered in and out, feinting low and landing high, jabbing at groin, shield, eyes.†   (source)
  • But before he could decide how to proceed, Wyrden feinted toward Eragon's right leg, as if to skewer him in the knee, then in midstroke, changed directions, twisting his wrist and arm to slash Eragon across his chest and neck.†   (source)
  • "You raped her," he called, feinting.†   (source)
  • Harma Dogshead was with him, Jon saw, back from her raids and feints along the Wall, and Varamyr Sixskins as well, attended by his shadowcat and two lean grey wolves.†   (source)
  • He was almost ready to lower his blade and call a halt when Emmett feinted low and came in over his shield with a savage forehand slash that caught Jon on the temple.†   (source)
  • "Grandfather," Mero said, "run off before I break your stick in two and bugger you with—" The old man feinted with one end of the staff, pulled it back, and whipped the other end about faster than Dany would have believed.†   (source)
  • His parries widened slightly, but his ripostes became more sudden now, and were interspersed with feints and unexpected attacks.†   (source)
  • I could tell that from the way he kept his right arm in near the brain area, from the way he avoided the black glove when I feinted with it.†   (source)
  • He feinted then a chest cut, and at the last instant moved around the parry so that he lay the edge of his weapon high upon the other's wrist.†   (source)
  • More and more, too, there crept into the journal the comments of the professional soldier, between the prayers and the scruples—criticism of command (of Bragg after Chickamauga), satisfaction and an impersonal pride in maneuver or gunnery ("the practice of Marlowe's battery excellent"), and finally the admiration for the feints and delays executed by Johnston's virtuosity on the approaches to Atlanta, at Buzzard's Roost, Snake Creek Gap, New Hope Church, Kenesaw Mountain ("there is always a kind of glory, however stained or obscured, in whatever man's hand does well, and General Johnston does well").†   (source)
  • Lady Marchmain was not diffuse, but she took hold of her subject in a feminine, flirtatious way, circling, approaching, retreating, feinting; she hovered over it like a butterfly; she played "grandmother's steps" with it, getting nearer the real point imperceptibly while one's back was turned, standing rooted when she was observed.†   (source)
  • They stand opposite each other—they draw their swords, pretending it is for some other reason—they move about, so as to get the weak side of one another—they even make feints with their swords, pretending to strike, but not doing so.†   (source)
  • Near the brush fence two roosters bowed and feinted at each other with squared wings and neck feathers ruffed out.†   (source)
  • But, naturally enough, this prudence, this habit of feinting with their predicament and refusing to put up a fight, was ill rewarded.†   (source)
  • The four executioners took him up again from the brink where they had laid him, and, after a few feints, dropped him in mid-air.†   (source)
  • The ocean was waiting with grand and bitter provocations, as if it invited you to think how deep it was, how much colder than your blood or saltier, or to outguess it, to tell which were its feints or passes and which its real intentions, meaning business.†   (source)
  • For he never means to swallow a single limb; he only thinks to terrify by feints.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The lessons start with simple movements practised before your mirror—holding out your hand for a coin, the breast-stroke in swimming, etc. Before you realize it you are striking scientifically, ducking, guarding and feinting, just as if you had a real opponent before you.'†   (source)
  • She then requested Kate to follow her, and after several feints on the part of Mr Mantalini to attract the young lady's attention, they went away: leaving that gentleman extended at full length on the sofa, with his heels in the air and a newspaper in his hand.†   (source)
  • The king and the cardinal are the best of friends; their apparent bickerings are only feints to deceive fools.†   (source)
  • He has the attack, no wasted feints, wrist, dash, lightning, a just parade, mathematical parries, bigre!†   (source)
  • Ben-Hur feinted with his right hand.†   (source)
  • This part of the business, however, did not last long; for the young rascal, being expert at a variety of feints and dodges, of which my aunt had no conception, soon went whooping away, leaving some deep impressions of his nailed boots in the flower-beds, and taking his donkey in triumph with him.†   (source)
  • Military manly artifices, sir, if you will; such as ambushes, surprises, feints, false attacks, and even spies; but I never heard of a true soldier who could wish to undermine the character of an honest young man by such means as these.†   (source)
  • Ralph shrugged his shoulders again, as if it were no great feat to amaze Mr Mantalini, and cast a wistful glance at the face of Newman Noggs, which had several times appeared behind a couple of panes of glass in the room door; it being a part of Newman's duty, when unimportant people called, to make various feints of supposing that the bell had rung for him to show them out: by way of a gentle hint to such visitors that it was time to go.†   (source)
  • A moment, standing foot to foot, they glared at each other over the rims of their embossed shields; then the Roman pushed forward and feinted an under-thrust.†   (source)
  • But he by stabbing out and feinting with his spear averted death's hard hour for that day.†   (source)
  • Feinting attack now here, now there, along the front, he tried the enemy to see if they would yield before his shielded rush—but could not yet bewilder the tough hearts of the Akhaians.†   (source)
  • Jamie whirled away and feinted with the stool, forcing the orderly back toward the door.†   (source)
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  • I got close enough to strike, tried to fake him out with a feint, but my blow was knocked aside.†   (source)
  • WRONSKI DEFENSIVE FEINT — DANGEROUS SEEKER DIVERSION read the shining purple lettering across his lenses.†   (source)
  • — 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.†   (source)
  • They also told her the next time I cut class or even made a feint toward trouble, I'd be expelled.†   (source)
  • I grab my bag and make for the door, but just as I do, he steps out in front of me with a boxer's feint, and for a moment I think he's going to stop me, put his hands on me again.†   (source)
  • She would keep repeating the same pattern — feint and run, feint and run — until she found a hole through my defenders.†   (source)
  • It was exactly that—and also a feint.†   (source)
  • Inexplicably, he hesitated—for a bit of showy footwork, a juke to the left, a feint back to the right.†   (source)
  • The way a slave cocked his head could give the most vital clue to counter and feint.†   (source)
  • After a while I deciphered the feint outlines of an unfamiliar window.†   (source)
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  • He let the man in black feint and dodge and try a hold here, a hold there.†   (source)
  • The third man parried two of Roran's attacks, but then Roran deceived him with a feint and slew him as well.†   (source)
  • He decided to take only Augustus and Deets, though that left the camp without a really competent Indian fighter, in case the raid was a feint.†   (source)
  • I could feint and throw him off his guard and he didn't have a clue how to move to avoid being hit.†   (source)
  • That was a feint, designed to catch the opponent offguard.†   (source)
  • If I were khal, I would feint at Selhorys, let the Volantenes rush to defend it, then swing south and ride hard for Volantis itself "I know how to use a sword," Young Griff was insisting.†   (source)
  • But then, as if still unable to make up his mind, he cautioned yet again that it might all be "only a feint to draw over our troops to that quarter, in order to weaken us here."†   (source)
  • The attack on Piloxides was a feint, meant to distract him.†   (source)
  • A feint and then the real hit.†   (source)
  • Wulfgar watched intently for the expected feint.†   (source)
  • Breakthrough at Easter Eleven is a feint.†   (source)
  • It was a trick, a slick feint on his part.†   (source)
  • The Confederate army is a nimble fighting force, at its best on open ground, able to feint and parry.†   (source)
  • You and Safia were a feint, a deception.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It is but a feint,' said Aragorn; 'and its chief purpose, I deem, was rather to draw us on by a false guess of our Enemy's weakness than to do us much hurt, yet.†   (source)
  • I tried a very fancy attack I'd learned in France, which involved a beat, a feint in quarte, a feint in sixte, and a lunge veering off into an attack on his wrist.†   (source)
  • It was a good maneuver—a feint followed by a strike to the face.†   (source)
  • "Wronski Feint," said Harry, through gritted teeth.†   (source)
  • His feint and defensive counter were as good as any Feyd-Rautha had ever seen.†   (source)
  • Around the room they fought — thrust and parry, feint and counterfeint.†   (source)
  • Ser Gregor hacked at it, but the thrust had only been a feint.†   (source)
  • Could all that talk of the Golden Company sailing west have been a feint?†   (source)
  • A feint perhaps, or full retreat, it matters not.†   (source)
  • If Mance 's horn was just a feint, where is the true horn?†   (source)
  • But Bruce did not carry it through; it had been a feint and Rod had reacted too strongly.†   (source)
  • For the Irish Seeker had suddenly gone into a dive, and Harry was quite sure that this was no Wronski Feint; this was the real thing..."He's seen the Snitch!†   (source)
  • The Wronski Feint, you really —" But something moved behind Krum in the trees, and Harry, who had some experience of the sort of thing that lurked in the forest, instinctively grabbed Krum's arm and pulled him around.†   (source)
  • This is like single combat, Son, only on a larger scale — a feint within a feint within a feint ....seemingly without end.†   (source)
  • Come on three on three, Bill and Charlie and Fred and George will play...You can try out the Wronski Feint.... "Ron," said Hermione, in an I-don't-think-you're-being-very-sensitive sort of voice, "Harry doesn't want to play Quidditch right now.... He's worried, and he's tired...We all need to go to bed..."†   (source)
  • A chill ran through him, and he wondered if Hawat had another plan for this arena—a feint within a feint within a feint.†   (source)
  • The slave shifted knife hands, turned inside both parry and feint to grapple the na-Baron's short blade—the one in the white gloved hand that tradition said should carry the poison.†   (source)
  • He was itching to get back on his own Firebolt and try out the Wronski Feint...Somehow Oliver Wood had never managed to convey with all his wriggling diagrams what that move was supposed to look like...Harry saw himself in robes that had his name on the back, and imagined the sensation of hearing a hundred-thousand-strong crowd roar, as Ludo Bagman's voice echoed throughout the stadium, "I give you....Potter!†   (source)
  • It was purely a feint, however.†   (source)
  • The most useful trick of fighting, he had discovered, was not some fancy twirl of the sword or some complicated feint that took years to master, but rather seizing the initiative and doing whatever his enemy least expected.†   (source)
  • He had heard my report to Captain Blackstone that the "major breakthrough" was actually a feint, made with workers sent up to be slaughtered.†   (source)
  • During the weeks of training, he had come to know Drizzt as a controlled and deadly swordsman who weighed every feint and strike with calm precision.†   (source)
  • Told that there were 8,000 or 9,000, he quickly concluded the landing was the feint he had expected, and consequently he dispatched only 1,500 more troops across the East River to Brooklyn, bringing the total American strength on Long Island to something less than 6,000 men.†   (source)
  • I didn't drop my eyes at the sound of his boot; it's an old gambit, some fencers stomp on every advance, every feint, on the chance that the noise will startle opponent out of timing, or into rocking back, and thus gain a point.†   (source)
  • As he spoke, his opponent wove his blade through an elaborate double feint and scored a light touch that cut his shoulder, drawing blood that immediately merged with the color of his garment.†   (source)
  • Then she made a feint of refusal, drawing up her fat body and rolling her head this way and that and crying in a loud whisper, "No, and I will not.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • You can grumble at it; you can say it's a ruse or feint of gifted people to sidetrack you from the viper's tangle and ugly knottedness of their desires, but if the art of it is deep enough and carried far enough into great play, it gets above its origin.†   (source)
  • So much he wanted to rest on her that the feint of rest only tortured him.†   (source)
  • He makes a feint of offering a protest, but she sweeps it away with her disdainful hand.†   (source)
  • Young as he was, however, he had sense enough to make a feint of feeling great regret at going away.†   (source)
  • 'You are mocking me, sir,' replied Mrs Nickleby, making a feint of retreating towards the house.†   (source)
  • He recognises what is played through feint, by the air with which it is thrown upon the table.†   (source)
  • He made a feint of adjusting the lining, and said, 'Yes.'†   (source)
  • The most crafty of her many subtleties was her feint of seeking to make the children fonder of me.†   (source)
  • The prowler executed the required feint, and said:— "There is nothing there."†   (source)
  • I have always regretted that feint of ours in going away and pretending to come back legally married, to save appearances.†   (source)
  • It was all threats, all a terribly effective feint, a sham from beginning to end, planned by the tremendous disdain of the Dark Powers whose real terrors, always on the verge of triumph, are perpetually foiled by the steadfastness of men.†   (source)
  • Cut over—feint!†   (source)
  • 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."†   (source)
  • But she, just as she had supposed that his refusal to send her money was only a feint, saw nothing but a pretext in the question which he came, now, to ask her, about the repainting of her carriage, or the purchase of stock.†   (source)
  • I had soon dressed, as well as I was able, in clothes of my own size: had soon passed through the house, where Bradshaw stared and drew back at seeing Mr. Hyde at such an hour and in such a strange array; and ten minutes later, Dr. Jekyll had returned to his own shape and was sitting down, with a darkened brow, to make a feint of breakfasting.†   (source)
  • If you had fallen up against him (as some of them did), on purpose, he would have made a feint of endeavouring to seize you, which would have been an affront to your understanding, and would instantly have sidled off in the direction of the plump sister.†   (source)
  • Young Jerry, who had only made a feint of undressing when he went to bed, was not long after his father.†   (source)
  • May not even this be a feint that will increase your triumph by affording a wider scope for your revenge?†   (source)
  • 'I can go, Mr. Bounderby, if you wish it,' said that self-sacrificing lady, making a feint of taking her foot out of the stirrup.†   (source)
  • The attack on Hougomont was something of a feint; the plan was to draw Wellington thither, and to make him swerve to the left.†   (source)
  • They placed themselves on guard; the stranger made a feint and a lunge, and that so rapidly that when Monsieur Porthos came to the PARADE, he had already three inches of steel in his breast.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • If this arrangement should be objectionable, I'll—' and with the same smile he made a significant feint of backing away.†   (source)
  • At length and at last, it made a feint of going away, and then Miss La Creevy darted out, and darted in, apologising with great volubility to all the passengers, and declaring that she wouldn't purposely have kept them waiting on any account whatever.†   (source)
  • As Mr. Bumble spoke, he made a melancholy feint of grasping his lantern with fierce determination; and plainly showed, by the alarmed expression of every feature, that he did want a little rousing, and not a little, prior to making any very warlike demonstration: unless, indeed, against paupers, or other person or persons trained down for the purpose.†   (source)
  • Then it came out by little and little, how that the twins had been revolving in their good old heads manifold plans and schemes for helping this young lady in the most delicate and considerate way, and so that her father should not suspect the source whence the aid was derived; and how they had at last come to the conclusion, that the best course would be to make a feint of purchasing her little drawings and ornamental work at a high price, and keeping up a constant demand for the same.†   (source)
  • After very anxious scrutiny, he came out of his retreat, and went briskly down the street as if he were going away altogether; then, suddenly turned about, and went, at the same pace, and with the same feint, up the street.†   (source)
  • On these truly British occasions, the smugglers, if any, made a feint of walking into the strong cells and the blind alley, while this somebody pretended to do his something: and made a reality of walking out again as soon as he hadn't done it—neatly epitomising the administration of most of the public affairs in our right little, tight little, island.†   (source)
  • The same feint, with the same polite dexterity, she foisted on Mrs Meagles, as a conjuror might have forced a card on that innocent lady; and, when her future daughter-in-law was presented to her by her son, she said on embracing her, 'My dear, what have you done to Henry that has bewitched him so!' at the same time allowing a few tears to carry before them, in little pills, the cosmetic powder on her nose; as a delicate but touching signal that she suffered much inwardly for the show of composure with which she bore her misfortune.†   (source)
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  • His clothes were wet and clammy and there was a feint chill.   (source)
    feint = non-standard spelling of faint (something barely perceptible)
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