noun[mass noun] literary
The use of dexterity or cunning, especially so as to deceive: except by sleight of logic, the two positions cannot be harmonized
More example sentences
- What we're faced with are psychic sharps, like card sharps: sleight of hand, sleight of mind.
- It is also deftly staged using an impressive sleight of hand and sleight of eye.
- Their skill and sleight of foot are bound to yield many goals this season.
Middle English sleghth 'cunning, skill', from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr 'sly'.
sleight of hand
- Manual dexterity, typically in performing conjuring tricks: a nifty bit of sleight of hand got the ashtray into the correct positionMore example sentences
- There is every chance that he performed a little sleight of hand and other conjuring.
- After my first success I became intensely interested and gave up the sleight of hand and conjuring work I had been doing.
- These people are magicians - expert architects of enjoyment - performing incredible sleights of hand.
- Skilful deception: this is financial sleight of hand of the worst sortMore example sentences
- He freely admitted that magic depended on deception and sleight of hand but said: ‘Origami is real magic!’
- One of the most startling public acts of deception and sleight of hand has been undertaken by the provincial government.
- However, people of the present day are getting more enlightened; and although they see something done beyond their ken, yet they know it is only a piece of deception or sleight of hand on the part of the performers.
Definition of sleight in:
- The US English dictionary