parry

Sword fighters thrust and parry. To thrust is to try to stab, and to parry is to avoid getting stabbed by blocking a thrust. Though it comes from fencing, parry is also handy in dodgeball and awkward conversations

The word parry means to block or evade a movement, like in fencing, but it can also refer to an evasion that is verbal rather than physical. If someone asks you who you have a crush on, but you don’t want to answer, parry the question — 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
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v impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

Synonyms:
block, deflect
Type of:
fence
fight with sword-like foils

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

Synonyms:
circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt
Types:
beg
dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
quibble
evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
Type of:
avoid
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)

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

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