parry
noun.
(fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
noun.
a return punch (especially by a boxer)
verb.
impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
block an attack
Synonym: block, deflect
verb.
avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
He dodged the issue|she skirted the problem|They tend to evade their responsibilities|he evaded the questions skillfully