Clever or skilful: he was adroit at tax avoidance
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- Even the most clever, adroit, and skillful legislature cannot achieve zero risk in human affairs.
- My hands are bigger, and more adroit, with nimble fingers that can tie shoes, unwrap candies, and get the sand out from between my toes before we leave the beach.
- The adroit and intelligent use of other men's work, says Prodwit, ‘leads to public applause and adequate remuneration.’
able, capable, competent, skilled, expert, masterly, masterful, master, practised, polished, slick, proficient, accomplished, gifted, talented, peerless;
quick-witted, quick-thinking, quick, clever, intelligent, brilliant, bright, smart, sharp, cunning, artful, wily, resourceful, astute, shrewd, canny, ingenious, inventive
North American informal crackerjack
mid 17th century: from French, from à droit 'according to right, properly'.
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- In Bril's Flight into Egypt the Holy Family is escorted by a solicitous herd of goats, amusingly and adroitly delineated.
- If the outlines of this sketch were adroitly demarcated by the script, the vivid imagery is further enhanced thanks to performances that are spectacular triumphs for the actors.
- The much-vaunted idea that Burns was ‘a hero-martyr of the working and peasant classes’ and scourge of the establishment is adroitly deflated.