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skullduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree] /skʌlˈdʌg ə ri/
noun, plural skullduggeries.

skulduggery

or skullduggery, sculduggery, scullduggery

[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.
Origin of skulduggery
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?
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Examples from the Web for skullduggery
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  • He would be cagey enough to stay ignorant of any overt strife or any other skullduggery that could be laid at his door.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • After a little conversation to assure themselves that there was no skullduggery afoot, the truckers consented.

    The Knack of Managing Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
  • "Very likely he's up to some skullduggery, sir," Matt opined.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • We utilize persuasion, skullduggery, and even force to subvert their institutions, to destroy their present culture.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for skullduggery

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 skullduggery

skulduggery

n.

1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skullduggery

skull-buster

noun

  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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