sleight


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sleight

skill; dexterity; stratagem; legerdemain: sleight of hand
Not to be confused with:
slight – small in size, degree, or amount; delicate; act of disrespect: He reacted with anger to the slight.

sleight

 (slīt)
n.
1. Deftness; dexterity.
2. A clever or skillful trick or deception; an artifice or stratagem.

[Middle English, alteration of sleahthe, from Old Norse slœgdh, from slœgr, sly.]

sleight

(slaɪt)
n
1. skill; dexterity. See also sleight of hand
2. a trick or stratagem
3. cunning; trickery
[C14: from Old Norse slægth, from slægr sly]

sleight

(slaɪt)

n.
1. skill; dexterity.
2. an artifice; stratagem.
3. cunning; craft.
[1225–75; Middle English; early Middle English slēgth < Old Norse slǣgth. See sly, -th1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sleight - adroitness in using the handssleight - adroitness in using the hands  
adeptness, adroitness, deftness, quickness, facility - skillful performance or ability without difficulty; "his quick adeptness was a product of good design"; "he was famous for his facility as an archer"

sleight

noun
1. Skillfulness in the use of the hands or body:
2. An indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end:
Informal: shenanigan, take-in.
Translations

sleight

[slaɪt] N sleight of handprestidigitación f, juegos mpl de manos

sleight

[ˈslaɪt] n
sleight of hand (= trick) → tour m de passe-passe

sleight

n sleight of handFingerfertigkeit f; by sleight of handdurch Taschenspielertricks

sleight

[slaɪt] n sleight of hand (trick) → gioco di destrezza (fig) → trucchetto
References in classic literature ?
But the third emir, now seeing himself all alone on the quarter-deck, seems to feel relieved from some curious restraint; for, tipping all sorts of knowing winks in all sorts of directions, and kicking off his shoes, he strikes into a sharp but noiseless squall of a hornpipe right over the Grand Turk's head; and then, by a dexterous sleight, pitching his cap up into the mizentop for a shelf, he goes down rollicking, so far at least as he remains visible from the deck, reversing all other processions, by bringing up the rear with music.
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.
Ballmeyer was the best specimen of the high-class "gentleman swindler." He was adept at sleight of hand tricks, and no bolder or more ruthless crook ever lived.
Of all the wondrous devices and dexterities, the sleights of hand and countless subtleties, to which the veteran whaleman is so often forced, none exceed that fine manoeuvre with the lance called pitchpoling.
Him after long debate, irresolute Of thoughts revolv'd, his final sentence chose Fit Vessel, fittest Imp of fraud, in whom To enter, and his dark suggestions hide From sharpest sight: for in the wilie Snake, Whatever sleights none would suspicious mark, As from his wit and native suttletie Proceeding, which in other Beasts observ'd Doubt might beget of Diabolic pow'r Active within beyond the sense of brute.
Grant Sleight, 29, of Bussey Road, Norwich, could face jail after he ran onto the pitch of the LFC v Norwich City game at Anfield, with his top off.
Cole said he is thankful for the leadership of Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer, in guiding initiatives to grow the Council's global presence.
Paul Sleight, writing on the restaurant's Facebook page, said: "It's with huge regret that we've had to cease trading at Jax Bar & Tapas.
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.
"This year we have even more artists and activities to engage, entertain and surprise the Leamington community and visitors," said organiser Carole Sleight.