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a misleading movement: feint a pass; a pretense
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faint – swoon: The horrible news made her faint.; feeble; timid; dim: a faint light in the distance
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a. A military attack or maneuver that is meant to divert attention away from a planned point of attack.
b. A body movement that is intended to divert another's attention, often by being deliberately left uncompleted: "The mongoose begins with a feint, which provokes the snake to strike" (Norbert Wiener).
2. A deceptive action calculated to divert attention from one's real purpose. See Synonyms at wile.
v. feint·ed, feint·ing, feints
To make a feint: "He feinted with his left hand, trying to distract the turtle and then grab its tail" (Howard Frank Mosher).
1. To deceive with a feint: He feinted his opponent with a left hook.
2. To do or perform as a feint: feinted a punch.
[French feinte, from Old French, from past participle of feindre, to feign; see feign.]
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1. a mock attack or movement designed to distract an adversary, as in a military manoeuvre or in boxing, fencing, etc
2. a misleading action or appearance
(intr) to make a feint
[C17: from French feinte, from feint pretended, from Old French feindre to feign]
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing the narrowest rule used in the production of ruled paper
[C19: variant of faint]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point to distract from the real target.
2. a feigned or assumed appearance.v.i.
3. to make a feint: The boxer feinted with his left.v.t.
4. to make a feint.
5. to make a false show of; simulate.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French feinte, n. use of feminine of feint pretended, past participle of feindre to feign]
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In military deception, an offensive action involving contact with the adversary conducted for the purpose of deceiving the adversary as to the location and/or time of the actual main offensive action.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
Past participle: feinted
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|Noun||1.||feint - any distracting or deceptive maneuver (as a mock attack)|
|Verb||1.||feint - deceive by a mock action; "The midfielder feinted to shoot"|
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noun bluff, manoeuvre, dodge, mock attack, play, blind, distraction, pretence, expedient, ruse, artifice, gambit, subterfuge, stratagem, wile a tiny feint or lunge to one side
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n (Sport) → Finte f; to make a feint → eine Finte anwenden (at gegenüber); he made a feint to the left and shot to the right → er hat links angetäuscht und nach rechts geschossen
vi (Sport) → fintieren, eine Finte anwenden (also fig); he feinted with the left and hit with the right → er hat links angetäuscht und rechts zugeschlagen
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