Definition of sleight of hand in English:

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sleight of hand

Pronunciation: /slʌɪt əv ˈhand/
1Manual dexterity, typically in performing conjuring tricks: a nifty bit of sleight of hand got the ashtray into the correct position
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  • 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.
dexterity, adroitness, deftness, nimbleness of fingers, skill
1.1Skilful deception: this is financial sleight of hand of the worst sort
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  • 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.
deception, deceit, dissimulation, double-dealing, chicanery, trickery, sharp practice, legerdemain
See parent entry: sleight
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