Sleight of hand
Sleight Sleight, n. [OE. sleighte, sleihte, sleithe, Icel. sl?g? (for sl?g?) slyness, cunning, fr. sl?gr (for sl?gr) sly, cunning. See {Sly}.] 1. Cunning; craft; artful practice. [Obs.] ``His sleight and his covin.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation. [1913 Webster]

The world hath many subtle sleights. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

3. Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill. --Chaucer. ``The juggler's sleight.'' --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

{Sleight of hand}, legerdemain; prestidigitation. [1913 Webster]


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