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sleight of hand

skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, especially for entertainment or deception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain.
the performance of such feats.
a feat of legerdemain.
skill in deception.
Origin of sleight of hand
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sleight of hand

sleight of hand

manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
the performance of such tricks
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Idioms and Phrases with sleight of hand

sleight of hand

Trickery, deviousness, as in By some sleight of hand they managed to overlook all bonuses. This term alludes to the performance of magic tricks with the hands. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.
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