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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

Secretly; in a clandestine or furtive manner. Even though he said he'd quit smoking, he still kept up the habit on the sly. The senator had been taking bribes from lobbyists on the sly for years before he was caught.
See also: on, 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.
See also: on, sly

*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

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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do something on the ˈsly

do something secretly: She didn’t seem to have much appetite for dinner. I wonder if she’s been eating chocolates on the sly? OPPOSITE: (out) in(to) the open
See also: on, sly, something

on the sly

mod. secretly and deceptively. She was stealing little bits of money on the sly.
See also: on, sly

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.
See also: on, sly
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The entire world and man with it are ruled by a transcendental principle which put through the entire Spirit's rational process: this is what Hegel called the slyness of reason (List der Vernuft), which is very similar to Vico's Ideal Eternal History.
By the late nineteenth century, Roma people from Romania were described as "a people set apart from the world, really gentle and romantic," whose "moral features consist of an odd mixture of arrogance and meanness, seriousness and frivolity, with an almost total lack of power of law and wisdom, accompanied by a candid cunningness and slyness, the regular companions of ignorance.
Some critters are smarter than others, and the reputed slyness of the fox, specifically the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), has served it well.
I'll tell you frankly: my attitude toward this is philosophical, although I do understand all slyness of the phrase 'We didn't do anything that others didn't do," Lavrov said in commenting on remarks by US officials on the matter.
At this revelation, the deliberate slyness of the venue becomes apparent.
slyness which makes you refer to our apologies as insincere.
You can lose some things, but can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street," he said.
Since Rose (1996) announces the "death of the social" at the beginning of his discussion only to retract the proposition with the most sensible slyness in arriving at his conclusions, let us take our bearings from this ornament of Rose's argument in order to draw out the implications he is unable to think through.
You can lose some things, but you can never lose the slyness, the passion that you have had since you were a kid playing in the street.
Although I would never wish an involuntary handball furlough on anyone, I am not sure that my game would have continuously and contiguously evolved to the finesse that I now aspire to in my late-50s, not to mention the slyness that I hope to obtain in my 60s.
I could feel her watching me but never caught her eye and there was an open slyness about her - those shifty, sly glances of a silent movie.
We [the AK Party] have not won any election through slyness.
There's an endearing slyness about this that is soaked through with the artist's highly personal sensibility.
With characteristic slyness, Jonson extends the empowering forms and conventions of the common law only if spectators are able to raise enough capital for the price of admission.
Everyone in business knows that you need to be manipulative and sneaky if you want to talk to business executives, so getting past the gatekeeper is a game, a challenge--one that requires ingenuity, cleverness and a certain amount of slyness.