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 Meanings and Examples of DEFT
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deft
 a.  quick and skillful; neat in action or performance
Classic Sentence: (20 in 2 pages)
1  Evidently it surprised her as much as it did me, for she yawned and with a series of rapid, deft movements stood up into the room.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 1
2  Making a short deft movement Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 2
3  With her little deft hands she opened and shut her little red bag, took out a cushion, laid it on her knees, and carefully wrapping up her feet, settled herself comfortably.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In PART 1: Chapter 29
4  He was beside her quickly and his deft fingers untied the wide bow under her chin.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
5  She was very deft, with a soft, lingering touch, a little slow.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 9
6  This was not altogether pleasant for him, as he had nearly always to make a deft guess at the meaning and shout back a suitable answer in the face of a high wind.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Get Context   In AFTER THE RACE
7  In this way, having carefully removed the leg bands by deft circular motions of his arm following one another uninterruptedly, the man hung the leg bands up on some pegs fixed above his head.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 12: CHAPTER XII
8  The guiding of thought and the deft coordination of deed is at once the path of honor and humanity.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In VI
9  A woman entered quietly and deftly where the first penitent had knelt.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 3
10  He produced four candle-butts from the side-pockets of his soutane and placed them deftly among the coals and twisted papers.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 5
11  A louse crawled over the nape of his neck and, putting his thumb and forefinger deftly beneath his loose collar, he caught it.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce
Get Context   In Chapter 5
12  He picked his way deftly through all that minute vermin-like life and under the shadow of the gaunt spectral mansions in which the old nobility of Dublin had roystered.
Dubliners By James Joyce
Get Context   In A LITTLE CLOUD
13  She went to the table, set down the tray, and with her plump white hands deftly took from it the bottles and various hors d'oeuvres and dishes and arranged them on the table.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER VII
14  His sleeves were rolled up and his sinewy, hairy, red hands with their short fingers deftly turned the ramrod.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 14: CHAPTER XV
15  The handsome young soldier who had brought the wood, setting his arms akimbo, began stamping his cold feet rapidly and deftly on the spot where he stood.
War and Peace(V5) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 15: CHAPTER VIII
Example Sentence:
1  With a deft flick of his foot, Mr Worth tripped one of the raiders up.
2  In one, deft movement, he had her hand locked behind her back.
3  He finished off the painting with a few deft strokes of the brush.
4  The deft waiter uncorked the champagne without spilling a drop.