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double-dealing

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1 marked by, based on, or done by the use of dishonest methods to acquire something of value

  • double-dealing business practices that are being investigated by the stateʼs attorney general
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2 not being or expressing what one appears to be or express

  • the double-dealing salesman never told me that the car had been in an accident and repaired
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3 given to or marked by cheating and deception

  • the double-dealing team owners were pitting the two cities against one another, both of whom badly wanted the franchise
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deception, fraud, double-dealing, subterfuge, trickery mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. deception may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource.
    • magicians are masters of deception
fraud always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice.
    • indicted for fraud
double-dealing suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude.
    • a go-between suspected of double-dealing
subterfuge suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end.
    • obtained the papers by subterfuge
trickery implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat.
    • resorted to trickery to gain their ends

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