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a sly dog

Someone who, through cunning, devious, or dishonest means, achieves a fortuitous outcome. What a sly dog, he managed to get a copy of the test so he could memorize the answers ahead of time!
See also: dog, sly

on the sly

Fig. secretly and deceptively. She was stealing little bits of money on the sly. Martin was having an affair with the maid on the sly.
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*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

on the sly

secretly She's been going out with him on the sly.
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on the sly

Furtively, secretly, as in She's always eating cookies on the sly. The adjective sly, which means "cunning" or "crafty," is here used as a noun. [c. 1800]
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on the sly

mod. secretly and deceptively. She was stealing little bits of money on the sly.
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sly

mod. excellent; cool. That is really a sly jacket you got there.

on the sly

In a way intended to escape notice: took extra payments on the sly.
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Sly Stone testified that he had not received any royalty payments between 1989 and 2000.
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Sheriff Mhairi MacTaggart deferred sentence until July for reports and Sly, of Linwood, was released on bail.
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If I were to describe the relationship between Clare Sly and Derrick Vassell as difficult, that would be an understatement," Mr Balmain said.
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This time around Sly has passed directing duties over to Simon West, who made Con Air so he has form for this kind of thing, though that was positively Chekhovian compared to this.
But Sly still went to London to launch The Expendables 2 with wife Jennifer and their three girls.