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Definition of "sleight" [sleight]

  • Deftness; dexterity. (noun)
  • A clever or skillful trick or deception; an artifice or stratagem. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sleight" in a sentence
  • "It is a food label sleight-of-hand that Bruce Silverglade of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit advocacy group, calls a "rip-off" for consumers."
  • "(Spoken) -- Hallo, (said the clown, scrambling up again, and scratching his broken head,) to be sure I have heard of sleight-of-hand, hocus-pocus and sich like; but by gum this here be a new manouvre called sleight of legs; however as no boanes be broken between us, I'll endeavour to make use on 'em once more in following the game in view: so here goes, with a"
  • "Another time, they play at the edge of the stage and execute a kind of sleight of body, marching off stage, quickly changing clothes before marching back on in another guise, repeating this several times in a matter of seconds or minutes."