Not that the Colombian parley was ever going to be easy diplomacy.
"It is a cold day for the parley voos," laughed Big Mack Cameron.
To begin with, Mrs Merdle is the lady you had the parley with at what's-his-name place.'
The parley had already occupied twenty minutes, when Dr. Grey cut it short by mounting the narrow, winding steps.
Don't you be listening to a woman's parley, for it's all nonsense.
Cambronne wished to parley with them, but they would not listen to him.
There can be no parley, no compromise with the evil thing for which Germany fights.
Well, after parley, he said he would put me on the flagship, and if I did well he would promote me.
I may want to parley, and any other messenger from Ruiz, the outlaw, would have his throat cut.'
I then picked up a book and held it before me to signify that the parley was at an end.
"conference, speech," especially with an enemy, mid-15c., from Middle French parlée, from fem. past participle of Old French parler "to speak" (11c.), from Vulgar Latin *paraulare, from Late Latin parabolare "to speak (in parables)," from parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable).
late 14c., "to speak, talk, confer," probably a separate borrowing of Old French parler "to speak" (see parley (n.)). Related: Parleyed; parleying. Meaning "to discuss terms" is 1560s, from the noun.