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sculduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree] /skʌlˈdʌg ə ri/
noun
Also, scullduggery.

skulduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree] /skʌlˈdʌg ə ri/
noun, plural skulduggeries.
1.
dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery:
bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
2.
an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
Also, skullduggery, sculduggery, scullduggery.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for scullduggery

skulduggery

/skʌlˈdʌɡərɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) underhand dealing; trickery
Word Origin
C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for scullduggery
skulduggery
1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.
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