sleight of hand
Date: 1593 1. a. a cleverly executed trick or deception b. a conjuring trick requiring manual dexterity 2. a. skill and dexterity in conjuring tricks b. adroitness in deception

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  • Sleight of hand — Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation ( quick fingers ) or léger de main (from the French for lightness of hand ), is the set of techniques used by a magician (or card sharp) to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly.cite… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleight of hand — [ ,slaıt əv hænd ] noun singular or uncount clever and quick use of your hands, especially when performing a magic trick a. clever and slightly dishonest behavior used for achieving something: political sleight of hand …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sleight of hand — [ˌslaıt əv ˈhænd] n [U] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: sleight skill, trick (13 20 centuries) from Old Norse slœgth, from slœgr; SLY] 1.) the use of quick and skilful movements with your hands when doing a magic trick, so that people cannot understand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sleight of hand — index prestidigitation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sleight of hand —    Sleight of hand is the ability to use your hands in a clever way, like a magician performing tricks you can t see.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • sleight of hand — [[t]sla͟ɪt əv hæ̱nd[/t]] sleights of hand N VAR Sleight of hand is the deceiving of someone in a skilful way. He accused Mr MacGregor of sleight of hand . ...a financial sleight of hand …   English dictionary

  • sleight of hand — Synonyms and related words: Prospero, airiness, appearance, artful dodge, artifice, bag of tricks, blind, bluff, bosey, catch, chicanery, chouse, conjuration, curve, curve ball, delusiveness, design, device, dirty deal, dirty trick, dodge,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • sleight of hand —    not slight. Sleight, meaning dexterity or de ceptiveness, comes from the Old Norse sloedgh, and slight, meaning slender or frail, comes from the Old Norse slettr, but they have nothing else in common except their pronunciations …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • sleight-of-hand — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. legerdemain, hand skill, deception, trickery, magic, prestidigitation, palming, feint, hocus pocus …   English dictionary for students

  • sleight of hand — 1. skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, esp. for entertainment or deception, as jugglery, card or coin magic, etc.; legerdemain. 2. the performance of such feats. 3. a feat of legerdemain. 4. skill in deception. [1350 …   Universalium

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