adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)
- 1.1 (cunning) [person] astuto, ladino, taimado you're a sly one ¡qué pillo eres!, ¡eres un zorro! on the sly a escondidas, a hurtadillasMore example sentences1.2 (roguish) [look/grin] malicioso, travieso, pícaro
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- Those raised in urban Western understanding of the psychology of the animal kingdom tend to view the fox as a cunning, sly, deceitful animal.
- She was a rather cunning and sly teenager by nature, accented by her narrow brown eyes and usual smirk.
- When Chinese describe a person as ‘a monkey’, it means the person is extremely sly or cunning.
- He couldn't resist what appeared a sly dig at the directors of Dundee, suggesting that by refusing to accept his offer to invest, they were willing to risk their club's financial well-being.
- He seems touched but then can't resist having a sly dig at himself by pointing out that the really tender thing to have done would have been not to include it on the album.
- Stan nodded conspiratorially, a sly grin creeping over his face.
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.