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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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Examples for sleight
  • 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
sleight
"cunning," c.1275, from O.N. sloegð "cleverness, cunning, slyness," from sloegr (see sly). Term sleight of hand is attested from c.1400.
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