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sleight of hand

Trickery or deception. Despite the wording, this phrase is not limited actual hand movements. The magician's sleight of hand awed the crowd. Oh, with a little sleight of hand, we can replace your name on the list with someone else's, don't worry.
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sleight of hand

Trickery, deviousness, as in By some sleight of hand they managed to overlook all bonuses. This term alludes to the performance of magic tricks with the hands. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.
See also: hand, of