sleight of hand


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

sleight of hand

n. pl. sleights of hand
1.
a. The performance of or skill in performing juggling or magic tricks so quickly and deftly that the manner of execution cannot be observed; legerdemain.
b. A trick or set of tricks performed in this way.
2.
a. Deception or trickery: made the program appear affordable by statistical sleight of hand.
b. A deceptive or misleading act.

sleight of hand

n
1. (Theatre) manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
2. (Theatre) the performance of such tricks

sleight′ of hand′


n.
1. skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, esp. for entertainment or deception; legerdemain.
2. the performance of such feats.
3. any such feat; a magic or conjuring trick.
4. skill in deception.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sleight of hand - manual dexterity in the execution of tricks
conjuring trick, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, magic, deception, conjuration, illusion, trick - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

sleight of hand

sleight of hand

noun
The use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects:
References in classic literature ?
An obliging stranger, under pretence of compactly folding up my bank-notes for security's sake, abstracts the notes and gives me nutshells; but what is his sleight of hand to mine, when I fold up my own nutshells and pass them on myself as notes!
Such is the sleight of hand by which we juggle with ourselves, and change our very weaknesses into stanch and most magnanimous virtues!
You could have done it by sleight of hand in a hundred other ways besides that pretence of putting a paper donkey's tail to Fischer's coat.
He was adept at sleight of hand tricks, and no bolder or more ruthless crook ever lived.
Master of Magic Ali Cook is a daring escapologist, sleight of hand expert, stage illusionist, and performer of thought control.
It has since emerged that he - and the mystery partner - used sleight of hand tricks to con jewellers in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Durham, Newark, Cambridge and Oxford out of PS24,000 of jewellery.
TAXATION and rich people's sleight of hand to avoid paying tax has been in the news again.
He should also be pretty good at spotting a bluff, as he later shows off his clairvoyance skills, and still finds time to take to the streets to amaze members of the public with his sleight of hand.
In Photography is Magic (Aperture), curator and critic Charlotte Cotton uses the guiding concept of a magician's tricks (as she puts it in the introduction, "the kind of intimate, right-in-front-of-you sleight of hand that brings pure wonder and delight") to survey the art of 80 contemporary photographers.
From juggling and Diabolo to escapology and sleight of hand - it will all be there.
Ignore the Coalition, the banks are still being bailed out as this sleight of hand has cost the Irish people [euro]280million.