skullduggery


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skull·dug·ger·y

or skul·dug·ger·y (skŭl-dŭg′ə-rē)
n. pl. skull·dug·ger·ies or skul·dug·ger·ies
Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.

[Probably alteration of Scots sculduddery, obscenity, fornication.]
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skul•dug•ger•y

or skull•dug•ger•y

(skʌlˈdʌg ə ri)

n., pl. -ger•ies.
1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery.
2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; a trick.
[1865–70, Amer.; alter. of Scots sculduddery fornication, obscenity; of obscure orig.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skullduggery - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some wayskullduggery - verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
deception, misrepresentation, deceit - a misleading falsehood
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