Here comes someone who only ever talks to you when he needs a favor. Quick, parry! When you parry, you avoid doing things. As the needy friend approaches, say, "I wish I had time to catch up!" and hurry off. Or, hide under a table.

The word parry is often used to describe blocking or evading a movement, like parrying a punch, but it can also refer to an evasion that is verbal rather than physical. For example, if you are put on the spot and asked about something you’d rather avoid, you can parry to get out of it — change the subject or ask a question in return. When used in this way parry retains its sense of defending yourself through evasion.

Definitions of parry

v impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

block, deflect
Type of:
fight with fencing swords

v avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

n (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

Type of:
block, blocking
the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

n a return punch (especially by a boxer)

counter, counterpunch
Type of:
biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
(boxing) a blow with the fist

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