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legerdemain

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noun leg·er·de·main \ˌle-jər-də-ˈmān\

Simple Definition of legerdemain

  • : skill in using your hands to perform magic tricks

Full Definition of legerdemain

  1. 1 :  sleight of hand

  2. 2 :  a display of skill or adroitness

Examples of legerdemain

  1. <the illusionist's show is an entertaining blend of legerdemain and over-the-top showmanship>

  2. <the reduction of the deficit is due in part to financial legerdemain that masks the true costs of running the government>



Origin of legerdemain

Middle English, from Middle French leger de main light of hand


First Known Use: 15th century

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