in a dexterous or nimble manner; skillfully: The nightjar, a nocturnal bird, is an aerial hunter capable of deftly snatching moths from the air in mid flight.With clear, concise prose, the author navigates deftly through a complex narrative of diplomacy, war, and politics.
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How to use deftly in a sentence
Van Den Berg deftly details the heat and nature as well as the people.
Holladay, a biographer, novelist, poet and scholar of modern and contemporary American literature, deftly pulls off this daunting hat trick.
As a film, Mangrove deftly weaves such acts together so that they are, as they always are, inextricable.A Restaurateur Reluctantly Becomes a Civil Rights Leader in Steve McQueen’s Brilliant ‘Mangrove’ | Joshua David Stein | December 2, 2020 | Eater
Some are short essays, but many are streams of fragments — often barely a word or two, all of them deftly arranged and fluttering about.Eighty years of memories that will stir readers’ own | Connie Schultz | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The novella’s 1961 film adaptation, The Innocents, deftly brings James’s version of the story to life.Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a calm, loving study in how to exorcise your ghosts | Aja Romano | October 9, 2020 | Vox
Nothing does it quite like deftly decapitating a bottle of bubbly with a gleaming blade.
Soviet forces had deftly enveloped the German 4th and 9th Armies, annihilating some 28 divisions.
In her new memoir, Lena Dunham deftly articulates many of the concerns facing women her age.
Yes, Burns and Ward have produced an Intimate History that deftly weaves together the personal and the political.
Colbert has deftly hosted benefits and other shows and given hilarious and poignant commencement speeches.Yes, Stephen Colbert Will Be Great as Host of CBS’s ‘Late Night’ | Pete Dominick | April 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The only thing that kept him awake was Sarah's shapely fingers moving deftly among the pages of the sacred book.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
The dwarfs leaped into the air and in a bound seized and cut the branches, out of which they deftly wove a basket chair.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
The white-haired man deftly removed Talpers's revolver from its holster and put it on the table.Mystery Ranch | Arthur Chapman
Bent low over the machine, he seems absorbed in the work, his hands deftly manipulating the shuttle, his foot on the treadle.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
"Those Others could not breathe under the water, as you cannot," he explained as he worked deftly and swiftly.Star Born | Andre Norton