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Examples of skulduggery in a Sentence
tales of espionage and skulduggery
the company's apparently healthy bottom line was merely an illusion, the result of years of accounting skulduggery
Recent Examples of skulduggery from the Web
Sarah Paulson, always good at projecting steely efficiency, arrives late in the game as Tammy, a suburban housewife who turns out to be a master of corporate skulduggery.
But whatever their official job titles, fictional TV fixers share an ability to crank up dramatic tension through the ruthless practice of skulduggery-for-hire.
Democrats lacked the votes to filibuster, and their grilling of Gorsuch wasn’t so much an indictment of his credentials as a spasm against the skulduggery that got him there.
Does the public know more about the skulduggery below the surface?
Uganda’s generous refugee policy also opens possibilities for skulduggery.
For two weeks, an extraordinary drama unfolded in the Senate, full of spectacle and skulduggery.
Remember when the public had finally gotten fed up with all the corruption, skulduggery and FBI gumshoeing and decided to abandon the sport forever?
The data-gathering and analysis were overseen by a former professor of economics at the University of Chile in Santiago, adding to the suspicion of skulduggery.
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Did You Know?
Skulduggery, which can also be spelled "skullduggery," was first documented in the mid-19th century spelled as "scull-duggery." Etymologists aren't sure exactly how the word arrived in English, but they do not believe it has anything to do with skulls. It is possibly derived from the now-very-rare "sculduddery," a term once used to refer to gross or lewd conduct, but unfortunately the origins of that word are also unknown.
artfulness, caginess (also cageyness), craftiness, cunning, deviousness, foxiness, oiliness, shadiness, sharpness, shiftiness, shrewdness, slickness, slipperiness, slyness, sneakiness, treachery, underhandedness, wiliness;
SKULDUGGERY Defined for English Language Learners
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: secret or dishonest behavior or activity
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