They feinted a mimic—like Gore, Romney strode to the podium across the convention floor.
The candidates, clearly worried about going too far, feinted and jabbed but threw no hard punches.
Incurring the wrath of the nihilists early, he feinted right.
He drew his arm back and feinted, Willie crooked his elbow to hide his face.
Just as before, Sutton feinted and saw his opening and swung.
For some moments he feinted and lunged, seeking an opening, however slight.
Again Conway drove him into a corner of the ropes, feinted for the stomach.
Instead, he feinted with his club until he managed to pin down the venomous head.
Rick feinted with the hurt arm, then drove a chop at the man's nose.
He feinted, dropped the bridle, and pretended to draw aside.
1670s, "a false show, a pretended blow," from French feinte "a feint, sham," abstract noun from Old French feint (13c.) "false, deceitful," originally fem. past participle of feindre (see feign).
Borrowed late 13c. as adjective, but now obsolete in that sense. Also as a noun in Middle English with sense "false-heartedness" (early 14c.), also "bodily weakness" (c.1400).
c.1300, feinten, "to deceive, pretend," also "become feeble or exhausted; to lack spirit or courage," from feint (adj.); see feint (n.). Cf. Old French feintir "be slow, delay." Sense of "to make a sham attack" is first attested 1833. Related: Feinted; feinting.