Examples of guile in a Sentence
- By the end of Liebling's dispatch, Mollie has become a mythic figure invulnerable to death, capable of great feats of courage and guile, and able to transform himself into any human type for the purposes of disguise. —Lee Siegel, Harper's, December 2004
- The going was painfully slow, but Chickenhound consoled himself on the long journey by boosting his own ego. "Maybe a silly bunch of rats could put one over on Sela. Huh, she was old and had lost a lot of her guile. Not like me! They hadn't reckoned with a smart intelligent young fox like I am." —Brian Jacques, Redwall, (1986) 2002
- Untrained human nature was not frank and innocent; it was full of the twists and defences of an instinctive guile. —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920
a shady salesman who usually relies on a combination of quick thinking and guile
a person so full of guile he can't even be trusted to give you the correct time of day
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Van Dijk partially atoned for his early error with a series of towering defensive headers, but the Reds looked bamboozled by City's guile and industry.
The opening phase came to a close in a week in which the president displayed the same characteristics that got him to the White House in the first place: a reliance on gut and guile, disregard for the experts and a flair for the dramatic.
No guile or pretense is needed when conversing with oneself.
After his father was killed in a mass execution by Nazi forces in 1941, Mr. Bloch, then 16, was forced to survive on his wits and guile.
The work of influential coaches Alfred Schaffer and Károly Dietz had created a Hungarian side of genuine quality, of guile, creativity and technical sufficiency.
His soft flop shot on the sixth hole Thursday was a study in guts and guile.
The former Dallas Cowboys legend, who won a Super Bowl title with the New Giants in 1990, just responded to critics with knack, guile, anticipation and an uncanny ability to make plays.
Over the past two and a half years, Trump blasted away at the lazy conventional wisdom on immigration with a blunderbuss; getting something to show for it legislatively will now require some deftness and guile.
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Definition of guile for English Language Learners
: the use of clever and usually dishonest methods to achieve something
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