Acknowledging that "the clock has stopped on my watch" was a deft formulation.
Yet despite the gruff manner and partisan bluster, Frank is a deft and serious legislator.
When he got into his jam in Georgia, he was deft enough to talk the talk and do his best to squirm out of it.
And his whiplash-inducing plots, with their constant twists, fused populist entertainment and deft societal commentary.
No one since Garbo has been so deft at ducking fans, especially most of the writers and critics prophesizing with their pens.
Her quick eyes and deft fingers soon enabled her to do the work fully as well and as rapidly as Mrs. Hunt could do it.
With deft hands she rearranged the bed and removed her garments from the chair.
The mercer bowed, with deft quickness executed the order, and proceeded to pack up the remainder of his goods.
And all this efflorescence of sacred splendour was created, little by little, by her deft fingers.
The poet usually compares his work to a car wrought and put together by a deft craftsman.
Old English gedæfte "mild, gentle," differentiated in Middle English into daft (q.v.) and this word, via sense of "apt, skillful, adept." Cognate with Gothic gadaban "to be fit," Old Norse dafna "to grow strong," Dutch deftig "important, relevant."