from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The parry which is connected with a riposte; also, a series of quick attacks and parries in which neither fencer gains a point.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fencing, the combination of a sharp, rattling parry and a riposte, in contradistinction to a riposte delivered from a position of quiet touch with an opponent's blade; also, contre-ripostes, a set of attacks and parries rapidly following one another between two fencers of very equal skill, prolonged without a point to the credit of either.


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  • The retort was in the nature of the tac-au-tac riposte beloved of the skilled swordsman.

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