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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, and/or mischievous person. ("Devil" here is not intended to indicate an evil or malevolent person, but rather to emphasize "crafty.") 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.
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[ClickPress, Tue Apr 26 2011] Woolworths.co.uk is searching for the best home-made William and Kate dolls in a bid to find Britain's Craftiest Kids.
Nothing.' That was all then--and there shall be nothing more; there shall be no message, unless such as each of us can interpret for himself from the language of facts, that are so often more enigmatic than the craftiest arrangement of words." (Lord 339-40)
10 -- The mobile phone, like the craftiest of invasive species, knows no boundaries.
Trade unions have not generally seen it as within their remit to oppose imperialist wars, or to promote environmental sustainability; and it took a long battle within our unions to introduce an equalities agenda-as in previous eras, the craftiest unions tended to defend the interests of their white, male, able-bodied existing members.
It is only when they put aside their differences and work together that they are able to solve the craftiest riddles of all.
Stealing nukes would be a huge challenge even for the craftiest criminals.
Prepare to have your fears and hopes exploited in the logging industry's craftiest fairy tale to date: forest biomass.
In the June/ July 2005 issue of In-Fisherman that revealed my techniques, editor Steve Quinn described the Stradivarius as "the craftiest and most delicate tackle we've yet seen." It's built on a 2-weight 7 1/2-foot 2-piece St.
"He is one of the smartest, craftiest players in the league," says Davis.
Cruising to culinary victory, clever Chris disclosed his craftiest kitchen secret.
Mr Mugabe, in power since independence from Britain in 1980, is one of Africa's craftiest political operators.
For 40 minutes until he was substituted Stephen Dobbie looked like the craftiest player on the park.
I don't know of anyone else in the whole of Wales that does it." Mrs Evans, who made it through the Welsh heats of This Morning's 'Britain's Craftiest' in 2005, goes on to explain that each piece is individually crafted to the bride's specification, so "no two brides ever wear the same".