slippery as an eel

(as) slippery as an eel

Devious, scheming, and untrustworthy—and difficult or impossible to apprehend or pin down. The notorious criminal has proven to be as slippery as an eel for police, eluding capture once again. Companies like this are slippery as eels, coming up with all sorts of elaborate means of getting around regulations.
See also: eel, slippery

*slippery as an eel

devious and untrustworthy, but impossible to catch. (*Also: as ~.) Don't sign a lease with that landlord; I think he's as slippery as an eel. The con artist was slippery as an eel. Although he defrauded many people, he never went to prison.
See also: eel, slippery

slippery as an eel

Elusive, devious, as in When it comes to talking about his investments, Jim's slippery as an eel. This simile, first recorded about 1412, alludes to the eel's skin, which has tiny scales and is quite slippery when wet.
See also: eel, slippery

slippery as an eel

1. If someone is as slippery as an eel, they are difficult to catch or take hold of. When his opponent is on the attack, he is as slippery as an eel.
2. If someone is as slippery as an eel, they are clever and able to think quickly, but you cannot trust them. He was as clever as a fox and as slippery as an eel. Note: You can also describe someone as a slippery eel. He himself admits that he is regarded as a slippery eel — a man who constantly changes his mind.
See also: eel, slippery

(as) slippery as an ˈeel

(informal) dishonest and good at not answering questions, etc: The man the police want to talk to is slippery as an eel, and has so far escaped arrest. OPPOSITE: (as) straight as a die (2)
See also: eel, slippery
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PROJECT fear is in full flow and we've got a prime minister who's as slippery as an eel, a chancellor, who to be polite isn't very good at maths (he wouldn't be trusted with the office tea kitty let alone the nation's economy), business leaders with self interests and MEPs out to save their own necks because heaven knows they would be unemployable in the real world.
8, we wrote that Kawauchi, despite being 67 years of age, seemed slippery as an eel.
It's no exaggeration to say you are as slippery as an eel.
If you try to catch one they are as slippery as an eel and will probably escape leaving silvery scales on your fingers.
Sir, -Derek Bennett (Post, Jun 25) is as slippery as an eel on the question of motoring taxes.
Luther said that Erasmus was as slippery as an eel.