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sleight of hand

noun
1.
skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, especially for entertainment or deception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain.
2.
the performance of such feats.
3.
a feat of legerdemain.
4.
skill in deception.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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British Dictionary definitions for sleight hand

sleight of hand

noun
1.
manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
2.
the performance of such tricks
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Idioms and Phrases with sleight 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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