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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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But I think that he didn't fully draw the Jew with all his slyness, his hatred of humanity, his lack of mercy, and his taking extreme advantage of his victim.
He has the ability to dig deep and let you feel a person's pain or joy or slyness or hopeless love.
Even so, the novel's pervasive slyness becomes more penetrating in its cumulative effect as it demonstrates for the reader the oddities of human relations.
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The Memoirs come to us filtered through a peculiar discretion, but in his deceptions, they find him out--he is mixing candour with slyness.
Risking a certain degree of discourtesy and taking advantage of the slyness of old age and philosophy, I'll pass by the first two (immanence and insistence) with a short remark and concentrate on the third, (consistency), philosophy's creation of concepts.
Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc and Maurice Baring," Buchan reports with Chestertonian slyness, "I never differed--except in opinion.
Alice's voice is deliberate and velvety, and has a hint of slyness, as she says, "Your picture is in The Times .
He had a busy, bustling, first half and his physical abilities, combined with the slyness of Steve Corica, caused Coventry problems.
It is also worth noting that the very same task of structuring social space is of course just as often -- these days, much more often and more pervasively -- undertaken by the forces of conservatism, usually with more money and slyness, less violence and noise.
There is a slyness behind his apparent bumbling and a chilling terror in his bursts of anger.
the young woman regards the viewer with slyness and amusement.
No other guide, survey, anthology, study manual, or crib comes close to the poise, wit, slyness, and effectiveness of Literary Theories.