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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But Saraki had quickly deployed his political legerdemain in the circumstance to undercut, circumvent and upstage the applecart of the APC high-command to become Senate President.
The craze did not last long, as is of any business activity that is tarnished in alleged legerdemain.
The alimony provision (61.08) of the dissolution of marriage chapter has endured similar judicial verbal legerdemain attempts to make it work.
But the governor is not alone responsible for the linguistic legerdemain that results in year after year of balanced budgets somehow producing overwhelming debt.
In the British Dominion of Terra Nova, Molly and her family collect spirits aboard their airship the Legerdemain. When Molly captures a spirit that can speak and claims to have been Haviland's friend, her life is turned upside down, and it seems like everything she believed about spirits was a lie.
But if Hardy hoped that his literary legerdemain would discourage his admirers from tramping all over Dorset in search of his literary landscapes, he would no doubt be haunted by his oversized presence in Dorchester and its nearby satellite villages, which bring in thousands of visitors per year, driven in no small measure by the author's association with the town.
A new report from the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) - a respected business-backed association that follows fiscal issues - puts the cost of budget deferrals and other government legerdemain at $7.9 billion.
We expect Charlesworth to perform such a sleight of hand --to photograph the magic trick to confirm a truth of the medium even as she questions it with her legerdemain.
Burwell) it would serve well to remember that exercises of convenient regulatory legerdemain (as we have seen in the past) might resolve the issue in a way that preserves the status quo.
The "juggler" was what we today refer to as the "conjuror" involved in legerdemain, sleight of hand or prestigiation.
Almost any means of financing highway repairs and improvements would be an improvement over that bit of legislative legerdemain, and Congress has several financing methods to choose from.