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sleight of hand

Trickery or deception. The phrase often but does not always refer to actual hand movements. The magician's sleight of hand awed the crowd as he made yet another coin disappear. With a little sleight of hand we can replace your name on the list with someone else's, don't worry.
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sleight of hand

Trickery, deviousness, as in By some sleight of hand they managed to overlook all bonuses. This term alludes to the performance of magic tricks with the hands. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.
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sleight of hand

the display of skilful, especially deceptive, dexterity or cunning.
Literally, the expression means ‘manual dexterity in performing a conjuring trick’.
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ˌsleight of ˈhand


1 something done with very quick and skilful movements of the hand(s) so that other people cannot see what really happened: The trick is done simply by sleight of hand.
2 skilful use of facts or figures to give people the wrong impression of something or to make them believe something which is not true: We now realize that much of Burt’s research was presented with a statistical sleight of hand.
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