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parry
used in Oliver Twist

2 uses
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Definition
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
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
  • 'Why, do you think?' inquired Fagin, parrying the question.
    Chapter 20 — Wherein Oliver is Delivered Over to Mr. William Sikes (8% in)
  • 'He my husband!' tittered the matron, parrying the question.
    Chapter 38 — Containing an Account of What Passed Between Mr. and Mrs.... (54% in)

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