sleight of hand


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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.
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sleight of hand

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

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sleight of hand

noun
The use of skillful tricks and deceptions to produce entertainingly baffling effects:
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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!
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The award-winning performer has wowed audiences around the globe with his sleight of hand and visual trickery, and has even astounded members of the Dutch royal family with his unique stand-up style.
Master of Magic Ali Cook is a daring escapologist, sleight of hand expert, stage illusionist, and performer of thought control.
As a magician I want to do every type of magic there is - sleight of hand, escapology, mind reading.
By some charming sleight of hand, Kurtz takes platitudes ("It's Magical, Not Magic"; "Nobody Cares"; "Don't Look Back in Anger") and endows them with fresh resonance.
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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. We also get the promised look into Dynamo's own mind, as he talks about dealing with fame.