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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