The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.
By bringing everything up, right now, Kerry does an end run around that tradition, while also deftly avoiding any specifics.
His Southern turkey is deep fried and deftly spiced; there is also a Cajun version with a spicy kick.
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."