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    Default fencingly

    To answer fencingly.

    Is it the same as reluctant?

    Thank you very much

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    Default Re: fencingly

    No dictionaries in the OneLook dictionary search list fencingly.

    You could try reluctantly.

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    Default Re: fencingly

    I wonder if there is any relationship between this neologism and "sitting on the fence." You might also try ambiguously and equivocally.

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    Default Re: fencingly

    .. "guardedly"?

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: fencingly

    With verbal "cut and thrust" perhaps? http://www.yourdictionary.com/cut-and-thrust

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    Default Re: fencingly

    Or "defensively"? Here's the context: Dracula's Guest / Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

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    Default Re: fencingly

    Could you give us the context? (That is, some of the words

    in front of those three quoted words.)


    This is from the above mentioned "Dracula":

    As we drove,I saw a road that looked but little used and which seemed to dip through a lit- tle winding valley. It looked so inviting that, even at the risk of offending him, I called Johann to stop--and when he had pulled up, I told him I would like to drive down that road. He made all sorts of excuses and frequently crossed him- self as he spoke. This somewhat piqued my curiosity, so I ask- ed him various questions. He answered fencingly and repeatedly looked at his watch in protest.

    Thank you for the new for me word "fetchingly".

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    Default Re: fencingly

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Or "defensively"? Here's the context: Dracula's Guest / Bram Stoker (1847-1912)
    Congratulations, oh mistress of the search. It certainly appears to be 'defensively' or' guardedly', as in 'fencing with (s)words'.

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    Default Re: fencingly

    Quote Originally Posted by goingtocalifornia View Post
    Could you give us the context? (That is, some of the words

    in front of those three quoted words.)


    This is from the above mentioned "Dracula":

    As we drove,I saw a road that looked but little used and which seemed to dip through a lit- tle winding valley. It looked so inviting that, even at the risk of offending him, I called Johann to stop--and when he had pulled up, I told him I would like to drive down that road. He made all sorts of excuses and frequently crossed him- self as he spoke. This somewhat piqued my curiosity, so I ask- ed him various questions. He answered fencingly and repeatedly looked at his watch in protest.

    Thank you for the new for me word "fetchingly".

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Thanks a million for teaching all of us a new word.

    (2) And a million thanks to Birdeen's Call for locating the quotation.

    (3) As the teachers always tell us learners: Context, context, context.

    (4) I have deleted my first post because I do not want to clutter up the

    thread with my wrong guess.

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    Default Re: fencingly

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    As the teachers always tell us learners: Context, context, context.
    It seems that we have to keep on saying it. Perhaps we should suggest to the administrators that this message appear at the top of the place where threadstarters write their first question.

    I have deleted my first post because I do not want to clutter up the thread with my wrong guess.
    I recall that it was a reasonable guess. There is no need to delete such wrong guesses, in my opinion. They help to make it clear what can happen if insufficient context is given.
    Last edited by 5jj; 28-Apr-2011 at 15:49. Reason: typo

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