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cagey

Sly or shifty. I just don't trust that guy—he always seems so cagey.
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cagey

(ˈkedʒi)
mod. sneaky; shrewd. John is pretty cagey. You have to keep an eye on him.
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in the novel," though cagily "obfuscate (d)" and "cloak(ed)" (154)--is never distinguished with much sharpness from the position, articulated most sharply by critics like James Baldwin and Hortense Spillers (with whom Greven does engage), that Stowe is not in fact "cloaking" Tom's sexuality but refusing it, that Tom must suffer a comprehensive emasculation as the price of his supreme virtue in Stowe's narrative economy.
Others, however, are cagily distancing themselves from the publicly bellicose elements to avoid scaring off peaceful demonstrators, to avoid identifying themselves in advance to law enforcement, and to avoid providing statements that could later be used in court to prove premeditation and conspiracy.
Far from being a writer whose imposing style generates a message deficit, Updike is a serious critic of American religious culture, but he typically mounts his criticisms cagily and indirectly, a strategy that can leave the appearance of antinomianism.
The show opens a bit cagily without really explaining how these particular women ended up surfing together.
Ortega has done well being courted by these two and has played the two cagily. So far he has said only that there are "unidentified" friends willing to write checks.
As for Benigni's movie plans, following "Pinocchio" and "The Tiger and the Snow," which were local hits but, unlike "Life Is Beautiful," failed to click worldwide, the actor-director cagily claims he has no ideas for a new pic.
Nicanor and Rodriguez waited a week, then tried, cagily and unsuccessfully, to establish the authenticity of the Dali.
"Don't put words into my mouth here, for goodness sake," says John, cagily, "but Andy Murray has got enormous talent.
Which is why, after I'd passed the 'Entry beyond this point is on a need-to-know basis' signs, I made my way rather cagily round the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
'We're trying to bring in one or two others,' said Bruce cagily. 'We know that we're a little bit thin.'
He cagily added that after "a couple of quarters of producing the accretion to earnings we've promised investors," it might be possible to make substantial financial moves once more.
I must admit not especially enjoying Sobolev's cagily jouissant deconstruction of his own deconstructions.
Of my other twenty-three novels, we hear nothing, so my early contribution to the anti-Nazi resistance figures like a sample in a test tube, a cagily set-up synecdoche amid, presumably, kindred books.
In an apparent attempt to entice young readers to tackle Card's novels, Tyson cagily refuses to spoil the endings of his thrillers.
To give only two examples: When Sokurov wants to make a sudden jump in space--an effect that would have been easy to achieve, had he allowed himself any cuts--he cagily has a pair of hands intrude into the frame.