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(as) crafty as a fox

Exceptionally clever, cunning, or shrewd, especially in devious or underhanded ways. He thought he was being crafty as a fox in the way he had been skimming money from the cash registers, but management caught up with him eventually. The novel centers around the cat-and-mouse chase between a police detective and a thief who is as crafty as a fox. She may come off as nothing but smiles and sunshine, but trust me—she's crafty as a fox!
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crafty devil

A devious, cunning, or mischievous person. Tabloid reporters are such crafty devils, spinning people's personal problems into sensationalist stories. He's a crafty devil in business, cleverly negotiating deals with and between companies that would normally be in fierce competition with one another.
See also: crafty, devil
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There is no craftier or perceptive cricketer in world cricket at the moment than the burly South African.
"It's a looser, craftier package that will give us higher shelf impact."
When he succeeded [the late] Imam Khomeini [in June 1989] he became a craftier merchant, but this time a seller of expensive [Persian] carpets, always raising his price when the potential foreign buyer appeared to be interested, with a degree of belligerency at the beginning [of negotiations], only to come down just as the deal appeared to be on the verge of collapse".
gulls use a craftier approach, skimming very low, just above the mud
And the career crooks go on to do more scams--and get craftier.
The question of how to work is not a question about struggle, nor about being clever and finding craftier ways of doing something.
As one exec noted in the pages of Progressive Grocer in 1992, "Our customer count is up, but same-store sales are flat." Profit margins were slim to nil, so grocers had to be craftier than ever to turn a buck.
Joyce said since the recession job-scammers eager to trap those desperate for work have gotten craftier in their attempts to steal people's identification, money or personal information.
And trying to ensure that they both play nicely is head clerk, Billy (Neil Stuke), who is craftier than a barrel full of lawyers.
The moral of the story is this: nature is craftier than we give her credit for.
At the time, a number of people--in and out of the administration--were advising that the president's goal for the summit should be to just to get by--to do what was necessary to survive the encounter with the younger and allegedly craftier Soviet leader.
For example, some craftier strategies cheat occasionally in the playing of the prisoner's dilemma game and thereby slightly outperform Tit-for-Tat in head-to-head competition.
They can see that, though the character acts irrepressibly and inconceivably, he has no remorse for his actions and he believes himself craftier and wiser than the other characters.
Then comes study of why the defense is doing what it does, something that presumably makes a player craftier when lined up across from a player that knows only his own assignment.
The other, craftier benefit to the anecdotal approach is that it allows politicians to pretend that their aims, in contrast to those of their opponents, are based on pure sweet empathy rather than cold, unfeeling ideology.