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

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Slang Dictionary

skullduggery definition

  1. n.
    deceitful doings; dirty work. : Without skullduggery, politics wouldn't be interesting.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Those have changed to stories of corruption and skullduggery.
But high stakes are high stakes, and that's where friendship ends and skullduggery begins.
All she has to do is smile and you forget you're watching satire triumph over skullduggery.
Meanwhile, skullduggery of the first order was in the works.
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