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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]
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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:
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