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sleight

[slahyt] /slaɪt/
noun
1.
skill; dexterity.
2.
an artifice; stratagem.
3.
cunning; craft.
Origin
early Middle English
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English; early Middle English slēgth < Old Norse slǣgth. See sly, -th1
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  • Phony, sleight of hand false equivalency right there.
  • Does he think that no one will notice this sleight of hand.
  • When libertarians talk about liberties, they actually engage in a rhetorical sleight-of-hand.
  • But the length and depth of the recession are forcing governments to go beyond sleight of hand to genuine cuts.
  • But with expert sleight of hand, he is able to find artistic benefits as well.
  • How a statistical sleight of hand can expose war crimes.
British Dictionary definitions for sleight

sleight

/slaɪt/
noun (archaic)
1.
skill; dexterity See also sleight of hand
2.
a trick or stratagem
3.
cunning; trickery
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse slægth, from slægrsly
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Word Origin and History for sleight
n.

"cunning," early 14c. alteration of sleahthe (c.1200), from Old Norse sloegð "cleverness, cunning, slyness," from sloegr (see sly). Meaning "skill, cleverness, dexterity" is from late 14c. Meaning "feat or trick requiring quickness and nimbleness of the hands" is from 1590s. Term sleight of hand is attested from c.1400.

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