(as) wily as a fox

(as) wily as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being wily as a fox in the way he had been skimming money from the cash registers, but management caught up with him eventually. The novel centers around the cat-and-mouse chase between a police detective and a thief who is as wily as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's wily as a fox!
See also: fox