sleight

noun
\ˈslīt \

Definition of sleight 

1 : deceitful craftiness also : stratagem

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Examples of sleight in a Sentence

must have employed some sophisticated sleight to con that wary couple out of their money a brilliant new theory that pays tribute to his remarkable sleight of mind

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Widely revered by his peers as the best pickpocket in the world, Robbins confines his gifts to the right side of the law, working as a sleight-of-hand artist, entertainer, speaker, security consultant, and all-around expert in the arts of deception. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 Simply a bit of good old-fashioned cinematic sleight-of-hand. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte stars in summer's most groundbreaking film. Recognize any of the locations?," 5 June 2018 For a while, the music remains sumptuously but strictly within the D-flat major scale; however, the angels’ entrance unleashes a series of startling, sleight-of-hand shifts between distant key centers. BostonGlobe.com, "Cantata Singers perform a heavenly masterpiece," 3 May 2018 In an act of culinary sleight-of-hand, the broth is cooked to a quiver, cooled to a gel and cubed. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "How to make soup dumplings — shortcuts for beginners," 10 Apr. 2018 Buy Photo Of all the sleight-of-hand maneuvers available to modern politicians, nothing requires so little effort, or offers so much in return, as the task force. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's preservation reform effort has lost its way | Inga Saffron," 29 Mar. 2018 From sleight-of-hand card tricks to a disappearing act, the interactive show is a throwback to classic illusionists with a modern twist. 8 p.m. $25 ($18 for students). Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | March 23-29 | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018 The result, which replaces Moncler’s Gamme Rouge and Gamme Bleu high-fashion lines, was part art installation, part political opportunism, and all fashion sleight-of-hand. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Moncler Makes a Multiverse," 21 Feb. 2018 Mavs forward Dwight Powell got in the act with Carlisle and the two Globetrotters during a sleight-of-hand passing circle. Jeff Caplan, star-telegram, "Check out Carlisle’s butt pass and Dirk’s finger spin with the Globetrotters," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sleight

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sleight

Middle English, from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr sly — more at sly

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