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fence with (someone)

In a conversation, to evade or avoid directly answering someone or something. Ever the sly spin doctor, the candidate was able to deftly fence with the journalist around questions of his dubious background.
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fence with

Avoid answering directly, try to evade, as in The mayor was very clever at fencing with the press about his future plans. This expression transfers the parry and thrust of fencing to a verbal exchange. [Second half of 1600s]
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References in classic literature ?
Is one friend forbidden to visit another, or a Musketeer of my company to fraternize with a Guard of Dessessart's company?
Yes, when the house where he fraternizes is suspected.
I slept admirably after all; and I awoke to see the overturned toilet-table, and to thrill as I remembered there was one fellow-creature with whom I could fraternize without fear of a rude reopening of my every wound.
Fashion understands itself; good-breeding and personal superiority of whatever country readily fraternize with those of every other.
Even political principle must have been in danger of relaxation under such circumstances; and the violin, faithful to rotten boroughs, must have been tempted to fraternize in a demoralizing way with a reforming violoncello.