skulduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree]
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:
1705–15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?

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skulduggery or (US) skullduggery (skʌlˈdʌɡərɪ)
 
n
informal underhand dealing; trickery
 
[C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin]
 
skullduggery or (US) skullduggery
 
n
 
[C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin]

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skulduggery
1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.
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Example sentences
Congratulations to all for their mastery of skulduggery.
Admittedly, none of these tales has lacked for skulduggery either.
Translation delays should not be attributed to skulduggery or incompetence.
The scarier these agencies make the enemy appear, the more cash they can claim
  to need for their own skulduggery.
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