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contretemps

Fencing a feint made with the purpose of producing a counterthrust from one's opponent
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Despite the constant drumbeat of diplomatic and political contretemps between the governments of Venezuela and the United States, the oil business is moving ahead just the same.
Though the chance of Vatican action on the complaint is virtually nil, the contretemps offers a reminder of what a polarizing force the tall, hard-charging Pell, 64, represents in the normally laid-back Australian church.
THE latest culinary contretemps has left me in a sticky situation.
After a contretemps involving a shower nozzle and a bit of confusion over "just how high" she's supposed to turn on the water, she finds herself face-down, receiving an Ecstasy enema.
When you read that a contretemps "should skim lightly over the floor, barely touching it and covering a lot of space," you feel as if you are in the studio with him.
Maureen Dowd revealed in her New York Times column the deep shallowness of her colleague Judith Miller when she described a contretemps of seating assignments at a press conference.
However, Cobbers is not designed as a literary battlefield to pursue such military contretemps.
Olbermann noted that before he went on the air to discuss the matter, his staff contacted FOF "for a statement that might disconnect SpongeBob from the contretemps, and outlined how we intended to cover the story.
He has a piece on his site about the contretemps and offers an explanation as to 'why they did it now and why their halfwit colleagues at the RAIA are very, very worried'.
The teenager was also involved in the incident that led to McClaren and Everton boss David Moyes confronting each other in a finger-jabbing contretemps after Rooney had tumbled in the box in the dying minutes, then Zenden closed down Thomas Gravesen when he tried to return possession.
Little wonder, then, that the contretemps should end up spawning a book.
As the contretemps over Amiri Baraka's poem "Somebody Blew Up America" would indicate, when America is under attack it's time to get with the program.