crafty

(redirected from craftiness)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

(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!
See also: crafty, fox

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.
See also: crafty, devil
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The moral qualities attributed to particular species--drunkenness in pigs (considered by Alison Stewart); cunning or craftiness in foxes; courage, fearlessness, and royalty in lions, for example--are then related back to humans.
Even when the unlikely romance between Irrfan and Deepika Padukone comes into the picture, it maintains a delicate craftiness. It is pure pleasure to watch such sublime cinema.
During telephonic address Altaf Hussain condemned the act of not allowing women to vote in Lower Dirs local body elections and termed it as craftiness.
Through her ceramic sculptures, Wieselthier strove "to elevate female craftiness and vessel-based techniques into the realm of the monumental," and became "the only practitioner of the New Viennese Ceramics to be accepted as a sculptor in the united States."
Toronto's Mark Buehrle has highlighted his craftiness by winning his first four games while allowing only two earned runs in 28 innings.
One of the most productive examples of this game can be found in the ambivalence between "habilete" (craftiness) and "honnetete" (honesty): should the "honnete homme" be truly honest or should he use his intelligence and art to appear as such?
With it, Erdoy-an, the "master of political craftiness," aims to kill more than three birds with one stone.
The action in the middle failed to match the intensity and craftiness one associates with India- Pakistan encounters.
Yet, just as this foreign policy did not protect Mubarak's rule in the face of the masses (and for the first time, the world has come to know what this word means), such "craftiness" could not protect the Brotherhood.
"I think that things are still kind of throttled--but in a 'normal' way, so Iran's Internet is back to its normal, everyday level of craftiness."
Three-and-a-half decades of craftiness and more than 100 years of teddy bears are on the exhibition menu at two North East museums this month.
I really think Taylor would disagree wholeheartedly as well -- she's much nicer than my character." While it's common to suspect squeaky clean celebs are hiding a dark side (or a least a diva side) Swift's critics often focus on her seemingly endless innocence, not craftiness.
Four of the six cycles are plucked from "the largest sets of jokes that exist" They are jokes about stupidity and craftiness, sex jokes, Jewish jokes, and Soviet political jokes.