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dirty trick

An action used for one's benefit that is unethical or dishonest. Every election cycle, the competing candidates always accuse each other of dirty tricks. I really wish you had been honest with me from the start about causing damage to my car. Blaming the neighbor was a real dirty trick.
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dirty tricks

Undercover or clandestine operations and deceitful stratagems in politics and espionage. For example, This campaign has been dominated by the dirty tricks of both sides. The adjective dirty here is used in the sense of "unethical" or "unfair." The term originally was applied to covert intelligence operations carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency, whose planning directorate was nicknamed "department of dirty tricks." It later was extended to underhanded activity intended to undermine political opponents and commercial rivals. [1940s]
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Or is the truth that this is just a cash cow, and Stockfield Road nothing more than a dirty trick to rob the motorists of Birmingham?
Catching someone off guard is no more than a dirty trick.
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He must wonder if it's all a dirty trick designed to spike his chances of ever leading the Tories out of the pit.
And it seemed to me to be something of a dirty trick, and does still strike me as being something of a dirty trick, what we did to her.
They have claimed our story was part of a dirty tricks campaign designed to discredit the politician behind the police investigation into the cash-for-honours affair.
This desperate threat of a dirty tricks smear campaign is laughable,' said SU spokesmen Oliver Houston.
Bachelor Hardern, 40, plans to take legal action against the building society after accusing them of mounting a dirty tricks campaign.
THE Tories are planning a dirty tricks campaign in the run-up to the general election.
FORMER US ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan has been accused of taking part in a dirty tricks campaign to scupper John Kerry's bid for the White House.
WEST HAM manager Glenn Roeder is fighting a dirty tricks campaign that is undermining his battle to survive.
Buchanan devised a dirty tricks campaign in which a "Gay Liberation and/or Black Panthers and/or Students for a Democratic Society .
Coventry is not the dirtiest city in the UK and one is bound to wonder if this is a dirty tricks campaign to try to undermine our bid.
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