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Somebody is being attacked in a sword combat, and the sentence says:
He barely jerked back around in time to parry.
My problem is at "jerked back around". Does it mean that he "put aside" the foe's sword?
Thanks for the help
"Parry" means "put aside". The "jerked back around" part came before that, and means that he recovered from whatever he did previously. To "jerk" is to move suddenly, and "back around" implies that he had turned -- or perhaps he swung his own sword -- in the previous movement, and now he has quickly returned to his earlier position, just ("barely") in time to parry (or "deflect") the next blow from his opponent.