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  • v. Present participle of parry.


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  • He has done well in parrying political attacks, first from his fellow Democratic rivals, and now from his Republican opponent.

    Taking to the Airwaves - The Caucus Blog -

  • To hack, and then get the blade back into position for parrying is very difficult and slow.

    The Sabre « Isegoria

  • In view of the Major's terrible temper, this quarrel, mind you, had not the importance which it otherwise would have had; and we all flattered ourselves that we had well succeeded in parrying the coroner's questions.

    Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

  • They had no shields, and they didn't have the notion of parrying or blocking with their blades.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The parrying is the latest chapter in a protracted battle over roughly $26 million in tax increases contained in the budget, including new taxes or increases on taxes on fuel, liquor and tobacco.

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  • But the duality that was Aydrian was more than up to the challenge, his sword parrying and countering Brynn’s attacks even as the darkness within him fended the spiritual assault of both his parents.


  • Cain, as an invited questioner representing the National Restaurant Association, went head-to-toe with Clinton over the likely effect of his reform plan on small businesses and was so effective in parrying Clinton's replies that the president, visibly embarrassed, was forced to back down.

    Stewart J. Lawrence: Is There More to Herman Cain Than Meets the Eye?

  • The list of parrying beliefs is ponderous and long-standing.

    Ronald Thorpe: Become a Teacher

  • "Some of the finest ambassadors...have been non-career ambassadors who have made substantial contributions," Nixon argued, parrying the prosecutors' charges that he and his aides sold the prized foreign postings for campaign cash.

    The Center for Public Integrity: Nixon to grand jury: $100,000 cash contributions and rewarding donors with ambassadorships

  • The part I love about fencing is the swashbuckling—the thrusting and parrying, the knocking over tables, the locking swords, the swinging from chandeliers; all that Errol Flynn stuff.

    A Fine Point in a Fight


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