sleight of hand

skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, especially for entertainment or deception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain.
the performance of such feats.
a feat of legerdemain.
skill in deception.

1350–1400; Middle English Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sleight of hand
1.  manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
2.  the performance of such tricks

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Idioms & Phrases

sleight of hand

Trickery, deviousness, as in By some sleight of hand they managed to overlook all bonuses. This term alludes to the performance of magic tricks with the hands. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.

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Example sentences
Phony, sleight of hand false equivalency right there.
Does he think that no one will notice this sleight of hand.
But the length and depth of the recession are forcing governments to go beyond
  sleight of hand to genuine cuts.
But with expert sleight of hand, he is able to find artistic benefits as well.
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