sleight of hand

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sleight of hand

1. manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
2. the performance of such tricks
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One however senses a slight of hand move by the Architect of the 1978 constitution, J R Jayewardene, who assumed the very extensive executive powers along with an assembly of Parliamentarians where 5/6th of them were from his own political party, the United National Party (UNP).
People went ga-ga when Quade Cooper did a couple of pieces of slight of hand for Australia against us in the autumn.
A slight of hand, a trick, a blink-and-you-miss-it.
The slight of hand was not identified by a nation that is suffering from complex personality issues.
Theatre designers instinctively use the same sort of slight of hand to focus attention.
For a moment, I figured the instrument had to be a prop and Umekubo was merely pulling a slight of hand trick, only pretending to play.
A maths card trick does not involve slight of hand but works due to a hidden pattern.
Number eight Imanol Harinordoquy was highly conspicuous as he twice charged into gaps before offloading with a deft slight of hand Yachvili landed his second penalty to nudge them 13-0 ahead as Ireland continued to fall foul of referee Steve Walsh.
In a political slight of hand, the Obama guidelines do not allow the use of federal funds to create stem cells but do allow researchers to work with them if they are created in another laboratory.
MARK Lewis-Francis was fleet K of foot after someone had been slight of hand on the opening day of athletics competition at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Marcus does not believe in demons and callously uses slight of hand to produce frightening effects for his paying clients.
It's a dazzling slight of hand, though a third segment - when the play is performed again, with disastrous consequences - is surplus to requirements.