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Verb: parry  per-ee [N. Amer], pa-ree [Brit]
  1. Impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
    "parry an attack";
    - block, deflect
     
  2. Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    "They tend to parry their responsibilities";
    - hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep, finesse
Noun: parry  per-ee [N. Amer], pa-ree [Brit]
  1. (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
     
  2. A return punch (especially by a boxer)
    - counterpunch, counter

Derived forms: parrying, parried, parries

Type of: avoid, biff, block, blocking, clout, dong [Austral, NZ], fence, lick, poke, punch, slug

Encyclopedia: Parry, Saskatchewan