Variant of parry
- to ward off or deflect (a blow, the thrust of a sword, etc.)
- to counter or ward off (criticism, a prying question, etc.) by a clever or evasive response
Origin: prob. < Fr parez, imper. of parer < It parare, to ward off < L parare, to prepare
noun pl. parries
- a warding off or a turning aside of a blow, thrust, etc., as in fencing
- an evasion; evasive reply
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