sleight of hand

noun phrase

Definition of sleight of hand

1a : a cleverly executed trick or deception
b : a conjuring trick requiring manual dexterity
2a : skill and dexterity in conjuring tricks
b : adroitness in deception

First Known Use of sleight of hand

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sleight of hand was in 1593

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“Sleight of hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleight of hand

: quick or deceptive hand movements that are used especially to perform magic tricks
: the act of tricking or deceiving someone in a clever way

sleight of hand

\ ˌslī-təv-ˈhand \

Kids Definition of sleight of hand

: skill and quickness in the use of the hands especially in doing magic tricks

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