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Definition of parry verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they parry
    he / she / it parries
    past simple parried
    -ing form parrying
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] parry (something) to defend yourself against someone who is attacking you by pushing their arm, weapon, etc. to one side synonym deflect He parried a blow to his head. The shot was parried by the goalie.
  2. 2[transitive] parry something + speech to avoid having to answer a difficult question, criticism, etc., especially by replying in the same way synonym fend off She parried all questions about their relationship.