skullduggery


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skullduggery

(ˈskəlˈdəgɚi)
n. deceitful doings; dirty work. Without skullduggery, politics wouldn’t be interesting.
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This fascinating story of behind-the-scenes skullduggery and political backstabbing in Cardiff Bay and Westminster, is written by the acclaimed author Sin Eirian and features the actor Richard Harrington.
Elson, who insists that financial expertise is "no silver bullet" answer to financial skullduggery, has nonetheless founded a "directors college" at the University of Delaware where directors can improve their financial literacy.
Narrated in full-voice characterization, these three unabridged tales of chicanery, skullduggery, and treachery are rife with twists and turns of the plots, rich with descriptions of medieval England and an uncanny understanding of man's fragile nature.
YOU can't beat a bit of machiavellian skullduggery in sport to get the tempers flying - but I never thought I'd see the day it happened in the genteel pastime of curling.
Within this tapestry are woven scenes of druid ceremonies in Thayer's Wood in the middle of Midsummer night, the lingering revolutionary spirit of Captain Daniel Shays, hero of the Revolution and leader of the first rebellion against the post-Revolutionary order, the skullduggery concealed behind the scarlet curtains of Miss Millie Tiverton's fancy house, and more ghosts, spirits, and skeletons than you could find in a corrupt politician's closet.
Just to make matters worse, only a couple of days after revealing the plant closing, competitor Fruit of the Loom filed a lawsuit alleging that Gildan had stolen trade secrets and named David Cherry as one of the key people involved in the alleged skullduggery.
Beryl Butler, of the drama society, said: "It is a swashbuckling tale of skullduggery upon the high seas, treasure on a desert island and death by chocolate.
So, we get Primary Colors, whose flip betrayal of its depiction of campaign skullduggery ends in an earnest, we're-gonna-make-history blather; The Patriot's equation of pacifism with flag-waving slaughter; The Contender's preposterously hyper-left pronouncements mated to the amused glorification of federal double-dealing.
When all the hatcheting was done, Stern publicly apologized for the skullduggery practiced by the team management.
Wisner's obvious first task, before any of the skullduggery could be mounted, was to scrounge up the cash to pay for it all.
Even then, many naive souls refuse to recognize behind-the-scenes aggression and skullduggery because acknowledgment would require a response.
In a crafty piece of Scouse skullduggery, not only did Liverpool take pounds 7 million from Aston Villa two summers ago by knowingly selling them a pup, they actually held back said pup and sent his lookalike to Villa Park.
Hoover's unwillingness to go after the mob was more a matter of charlatanry and sheer bureaucratic entropy than sexual skullduggery.
Skullduggery, an award-winning toy company, today releases their new indoor action disc game Aero Flixx.
Micheal Martin needs to move now and show force as a leader that this kind of skullduggery will not be tolerated.