sly as a fox

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(as) sly as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being sly 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 sly as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's sly as a fox!
See also: fox, sly

*sly as a fox

 and *cunning as a fox
Cliché smart and clever. (*Also: as ~.) My nephew is as sly as a fox. You have to be cunning as a fox to outwit me.
See also: fox, sly
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But not before Baldrick announces he has a cunning plan and Blackadder sneers: "As cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professer of Cunning at Oxford University?
5 The final poignant scene in Blackadder Goes Forth featuring the line: As cunning as a fox who's just been made Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?
There are many who believe that Tamworth trainer Bryan McMahon is as cunning as a fox when it comes to placing his horses to good effect and The Gay Fox can put his recent Ripon reversal behind him in the Southmead Rated Stakes at Newbury.