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[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree] /skʌlˈdʌg ə ri/
noun, plural skullduggeries. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skullduggery
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for skullduggery


(informal) underhand dealing; trickery
Word Origin
C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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Slang definitions & phrases for skullduggery


  1. A police officer (1930s+ Black)
  2. A very difficult course in school (1920s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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