fence\ with

• fence with
• spar with
v
To talk with (someone) as if you were fighting like a swordsman or boxer; to give skillful answers or arguments against (someone).

The governor was an expert at fencing with reporters at press conferences.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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