Roget category 7025. Words relating to the voluntary powers
› 5.3. Voluntary action
›› 5.3.2. Complex voluntary action
chicane, chicanery — sharp practice, knavery, jugglery† — concealment etc. 528 — guile, doubling, duplicity etc. (falsehood) 544 — foul play.
diplomacy, politics — Machiavelism — jobbery, backstairs influence.
art, artifice — device, machination — plot etc. (plan) 626 — maneuver, stratagem, dodge, sidestep, artful dodge, wile — trick, trickery etc. (deception) 545 — ruse, ruse de guerre [Fr.] — finesse, side blow, thin end of the wedge, shift, go by, subterfuge, evasion — white lie etc. (untruth) 546 — juggle, tour de force — tricks of the trade, tricks upon travelers — espieglerie [Fr.] — net, trap etc. 545.
Ulysses, Machiavel, sly boots, fox, reynard — Scotchman — Jew, Yankee — intriguer, intrigant† — floater [U.S.], Indian giver [U.S.], keener [U.S.], repeater [U.S.].
have cut one's eyeteeth —
live by one's wits —
stoop to conquer,
reculer pour mieux sauter [Fr.],
steal a march upon —
throw off one's guard —
snatch a verdict —
introduce the thin end of the wedge —
play a deep game,
play tricks with —
ambiguas in vulgum spargere voces [Lat.] —
make things pleasant —
have an ax to grind.
dodge, sidestep, bob and weave.
cunning as a fox,
cunning as a serpent —
deep laid —
slippery as an eel,
sharp as a tack,
sharp as a needle† —
up to snuff,
too clever by half,
not to be caught with chaff.
tactful, diplomatic, politic — polite etc. 894.
on the sly,
by a side wind.
diamond cut diamond —
a' bis ou a blanc [Fr.] —
fin contre fin [Fr.] —
something is rotten in the state of something is rotten in the state of Denmark"
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