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intr.v. fleered, fleer·ing, fleers
To smirk or laugh in contempt or derision.
A taunting, scoffing, or derisive look or gibe.

[Middle English flerien, of Scandinavian origin.]

fleer′ing·ly adv.
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And besides, I don't take O'Connor's wariness (voiced by him more than once) about what happens when dance and discourse meet to mean that he subscribes to some idea of dance as either purely outside of language or experienced only in the realm of the fleeringly ephemeral (both time-worn cliches for performance practice).