Definition of legerdemain in English:
1Skilful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
- There were fine nuggets of legerdemain, courtesy of the illusionist Paul Kieve.
- Much to the satisfaction of legitimate entertainers, the book also expresses respect for the art of legerdemain, which it discusses using that very term.
- Readers are invited to imagine how Copperfield will pull off this magic coup, but we reckon it will involve a couple of balls, a cup and plenty of legerdemain.
1.1Deception; trickery: a classic piece of management legerdemain
More example sentences
- What was the point of this sophisticated legerdemain with Ray's aliases?
- The target of the latter piece of legislative legerdemain is the Free Software movement itself.
- The latter is the insidious inflation dodge, a piece of legerdemain that governments have been using over centuries to take bigger and bigger bites of your property.
Late Middle English: from French léger de main 'dexterous', literally 'light of hand'.
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