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Verb
Ward off, circumvent
“With only one arm operational, Jay was doing all he could to parry Anthony's attacks.”
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To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc)
“As my editorial staff can vouch, there was hardly a day during the race for governor of California when I was not required to parry questions from the media, American and otherwise.”
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Speak or act in opposition to
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To express one's opinions in terms which admit of different senses, with intent to deceive
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To disprove or refute
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To frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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Noun
The act or a means of getting or keeping away from something undesirable
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