Others might falter on the way; might palter with the truth; might parlay with the enemy.
It is in vain to palter with our conscience: there are not two honours—two honesties.
"palter not with me, Sir Scot—it were ill for thy safety," said the irritable monarch.
Aziel could no longer palter with himself, it was the truth.
When a man is going on my journey he does not palter with truth.
It must not, like the witches in Macbeth, "palter in a double sense."
We do not like the double-faced prevaricator, who cozens both sides, and deals in words that palter in a double sense.
She would face the truth and not palter with it, now that the crisis had really come.
Never for an instant did either of these palter with the other.
He felt that he could not palter with a woman in the grasp of an agony like this.
1530s, "speak indistinctly," of unknown origin. It has the form of a frequentative, but no verb palt is known. Connection with paltry is uncertain. Hence "play fast and loose" (c.1600). Related: Paltered; paltering; palterer.