Parried
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. [1913 Webster]

Vice parries wide The undreaded volley with a sword of straw. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade. [1913 Webster]

The French government has parried the payment of our claims. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]


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