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adj. can·ni·er, can·ni·est
1. Careful and shrewd, especially where one's own interests are concerned.
2. Cautious in spending money; frugal.
3. Scots
a. Steady, restrained, and gentle.
b. Snug and quiet.

[From can.]

can′ni·ly adv.
can′ni·ness n.
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Adv.1.cannily - with foresight; "more presciently than they superiors, these workers grasped the economic situation"
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[ˈkænɪli] adv (= cleverly) → astucieusement
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


advclever, raffiniert; (involving money also) → geschäftstüchtig; (with plans also) → gewieft
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there was naething left for't, when madam's fingers had grippit me, but to slip through them as cannily as I could.
Even my conversation with Eliza had been enlivened by her presence, though I knew it not; and now that she was gone, Eliza's playful nonsense ceased to amuse me - nay, grew wearisome to my soul, and I grew weary of amusing her: I felt myself drawn by an irresistible attraction to that distant point where the fair artist sat and plied her solitary task - and not long did I attempt to resist it: while my little neighbour was exchanging a few words with Miss Wilson, I rose and cannily slipped away.
But that won't be just yet," Miss Bordereau continued cannily, as if to correct any hopes that this courageous allusion to the last receptacle of her mortality might lead me to entertain.
On Nothing But The Truth, Ms Cash moves warily but cannily on the territory she foretold on September When It Comes, her final recorded duet with father Johnny.
Stade casts his eye over taking a midlife gap year and considers the differences between young and middle-aged use of social-media platforms in a show that is "not for the prudish", wherein misanthropic Tom swears a lot but is also free flowing, warm and cannily observational.
Cannily, Gefken volunteered for the National Guard, which enabled him to map many of California's armories, and began buying stolen weapons from colleagues.
Bothered by this question for years, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson cannily travels through the halls of science, economics, history and popular culture in a quest for clues in his entertaining Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.
Not for the faint hearted then, but this remains a marvellously well imagined and cannily written book for young adults.
He is clear-eyed about the roles that marketing, ambitious anthropologists, and cannily entrepreneurial indigenous artists played in the late-twentieth- century marketing of this work.
Given depth and character by the still-waters charisma of star Lazaro Ramos--plus a lively soundtrack that cannily fuses classical standards with favela beats --this year's highly accessible Locarno closer (from the producers of recent Sundance winner "The Second Mother") should hit the right note for a global array of distributors.
Sofia Coppola cannily captures the pratfalls of society's mindless infatuation with low-brow culture.
Chezza can be - 2010 saw her cannily slamming David Cameron, calling him "slippery" and saying it would feel wrong not to vote Labour due to her working-class background.