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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!
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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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They start gazing us slyly and some drivers fling obscene remarks on us, said a group of girl students.
While Eva clashes with the boy, including a confrontation that results in a visit to hospital, Kevin slyly wins the affections of his father Franklin (John C Reilly), thereby driving a wedge between the parents.
Some wives who are not able to make their husbands accept such "gifts" slyly place the devices in their cars, according to Al Sharq and The Peninsula newspapers.
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Tompkins loves making disparate connections, and throughout his history of the voice-distorting machine, he slyly links seemingly unrelated people, places and moments in history like he's unscrambling his own personal DaVinci Code.
The author also questions whether Gould slyly offered a new theory of evolution that was slowly revealed throughout the bulk of his work.
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He smiled slyly and said, "It's locked away, waiting for the next project.
By pairing the superlative with the enlarged letter, you slyly underscored the difference between populism and Pop.