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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]
See also: dirty, trick
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The Party of Regions has never used any dirty tricks and will not use it because of voters elect not by the number of clones, but in particular our work.
Mr Hain has been very willing to comment on the alleged dirty tricks against him; I'm sure he will now be ready to directly address the other issues of public concern that arise from his failed and expensive ambition to be deputy leader.
This year, Congress should take strong action to prevent the dirty tricks before they occur.
The only dirty tricks were those of a 30-something married MP and teacher seducing two drunken school-leavers.
SU officials insist they are ready to combat any dirty tricks campaign.
And yet if the Golden Rule were applied to relations between nation states, all these dirty tricks would be found unacceptable in that they involve lying, cheating, or some form of outright violence against other members of society.
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In doing so, he discovers the root of his father's disgrace, family secrets and broader societal dirty tricks.
Add some pranksters with grudges who play dirty tricks, then mix in a few offbeat characters.
Rather, it was the result of dirty tricks by the CIA which injected him with LSD which drove him mad.
When he recently discovered an owner playing dirty tricks with the NBA's hallowed salary cap, he did not back off, compromise, or sweep anything under a rug.
In his review for Cineaste magazine, Thomas Doherty writes that Election is an "allegorical satire of American politics [that] makes for an open-book test of connect the dots: corruption, sex, dirty tricks, media manipulation, voter fraud--just like the grownups.
In a plot thick with dirty tricks, violence, sex, amazing coincidences, and betrayals, the novel's movie-loving hero, Felix Maldonado, confronts the villains.
He called vote fraud and dirty tricks familiar stuff.