No one since Garbo has been so deft at ducking fans, especially most of the writers and critics prophesizing with their pens.
Yet despite the gruff manner and partisan bluster, Frank is a deft and serious legislator.
In his deft and wise book, Haass tackles such questions front and center.
And his whiplash-inducing plots, with their constant twists, fused populist entertainment and deft societal commentary.
Religion was the deft solution to this pressing social dilemma.
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.
And all this efflorescence of sacred splendour was created, little by little, by her deft fingers.
The mercer bowed, with deft quickness executed the order, and proceeded to pack up the remainder of his goods.
At length he had hit on making a whistle—the only thing his clumsy fingers had ever been deft at.
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."