dirty tricks


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dirty tricks

pl.n. Informal
1. Covert intelligence operations designed to disrupt the economy or upset the political situation in another country.
2. Unethical behavior, especially acts undertaken to destroy the credibility or reputation of an opponent.
3. Commercial espionage.

dirty trickster n.

dirt′y tricks′


n.pl.
1. unethical or illegal activities directed against political opponents, esp. during a campaign.
2. the covert activities of an intelligence agency.
[1970–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dirty tricks - underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
behavior, conduct, doings, behaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourself
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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Speed fines by entrapment WHAT a scurrilous bunch our councillors are, and where better can you see their dirty tricks than on the Stockfield Road?
When the dirty tricks escalate from annoying to terrifying, May's secret sideline as the publisher of a line of sexy romance novels comes into play.
It is often called DDT -- meaning not dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the department of dirty tricks," he told a gathering that included CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and other top officers.
It is often called DDT - meaning not dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the Department of Dirty Tricks," said Gandhi.
I was expecting dirty tricks and that's what we've got.
However, he believes that the nomination of parliamentary candidates with the same last name, first name and patronymic in one electoral district, is often dirty tricks, which are aimed to mislead voters.
But it clearly hasn't been understood by young Conservatives, who have been notorious for their stunts and dirty tricks for years.
Summary: The race for the 2016 Olympics is the most intense for years with allegations of dirty tricks being levelled at the favourites.
OLYMPICS: The race for the 2016 Olympics is being viewed as the most intense for years with allegations of dirty tricks being levelled at supporters of both of the two favourites, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.
J Hampton hopes we don't fall for Tory dirty tricks (Telegraph, April 29), yet he has clearly been gullible enough to fall for Labour spin, something they have been dealing in for the past 10 years, and more.
Lord Kinnock said the dirty tricks row had inflicted "enormous damage".
SIR - I sympathise with Peter Hain's concern over dirty tricks aimed at his unsuccessful campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party ('Hain fury at 'dirty tricks',' Western Mail, April 17) It must be very difficult to be the subject of such hostility, presumably from rivals within his own party as this was an internal Labour Party election.