Parry vs Sidestep - What's the difference?

parry | sidestep |

As a proper noun parry

is .

As a noun sidestep is

a step to the side.

As a verb sidestep is

to step to the side.



Alternative forms

* (l) (obsolete)


  • A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
  • (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
  • Derived terms

    * beat parry * opposition parry * yielding parry


  • To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc.).
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 28 , author=Tom Rostance , title=Arsenal 2 - 1 Olympiakos , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Wojciech Szczesny was then called into action twice in a minute to parry fierce drives from Djebbour and Torossidis as Arsenal's back four looked all at sea.}}




    (en noun)
  • A step to the side.
  • A motion, physical or metaphorical, to avoid or dodge something.
  • Verb

  • To step to the side.
  • *1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 180:
  • *:I He sidestepped , and I went in.
  • To avoid or dodge.
  • :They sidestepped the issue.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Clive Lindsay , title=Kilmarnock 1 - 2 St Johnstone , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Kilmarnock ought to have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Hefferman set up Kroca and, although the defender neatly sidestepped his marker, he fired straight into the chest of Enckelman.}}