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 for parry
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Parry \Par"ry\ (p[a^]r"r[y^]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Parried
     (p[a^]r"r[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Parrying.] [F. par['e], p.
     p. of parer. See Pare, v. t.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a
        thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
        --Locke.
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              Vice parries wide
              The undreaded volley with a sword of straw.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
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              The French government has parried the payment of our
              claims.                               --E. Everett.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  parry \par"ry\, v. i.
     To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow,
     argument, etc. --Locke.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  parry \par"ry\, n.; pl. Parries.
     A warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet
     exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive
     movement in debate or other intellectual encounter.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  parry
      n 1: (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular
           motion of the sword
      2: a return punch (especially by a boxer) [syn: counterpunch,
         parry, counter]
      v 1: impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an
           attack" [syn: parry, block, deflect]
      2: avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
         (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she
         skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their
         responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully" [syn:
         hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry,
         elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "parry":
     about the bush, answer, answer conclusively, argue down,
     around the bush, back and fill, beat about, beat around, beat off,
     beg the question, bicker, block, boggle, cavil, check, choplogic,
     confound, confute, contradict, controvert, counter, crush, defeat,
     demolish, deny, dismiss, dispose of, dodge, drive back, duck,
     equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, fend, fend off, finish,
     floor, hedge, hem and haw, hinder, hold at bay, hold off,
     hum and haw, keep at bay, keep off, mince the truth, mince words,
     mystify, nitpick, nonplus, obscure, obstruct, overthrow, overturn,
     overwhelm, palter, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back,
     push back, pussyfoot, put back, put off, put to silence, quibble,
     rebuff, rebut, recoil, reduce to silence, refute, repel, repulse,
     settle, sheer off, shift, shift off, shrink, shuffle, shut up, shy,
     shy away, shy off, sidestep, silence, smash all opposition,
     split hairs, squash, squelch, stave off, step aside, stop, subvert,
     swerve, tergiversate, turn aside, undermine, upset, waffle,
     ward off, weasel
  
  

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