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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from French parez! 'prepare!', from parer; PARE

parry

verb
     
Related topics: Weapons
par‧ry past tense and past participle parried, present participle parrying, third person singular parries
1PMW [intransitive and transitive] to defend yourself against someone who is attacking you by pushing their weapon or hand to one side [= deflect]:
It is far easier to parry a direct blow than to stop it forcibly.
2 [transitive] to avoid answering a question that is difficult to answer or that someone does not want to answer:
He parried all her questions about his work.
parry noun [countable]

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