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1(of a person or their manner) appearing deceitful or evasive:‘he had a shifty look about him’
devious, evasive, slippery, duplicitous, false, deceitful, underhand, untrustworthy, double-dealing, two-faced, janus-faced, dishonest, shady, wily, crafty, cunning, tricky, sneaky, furtive, treacherous, artful, sly, scheming, contrivingsnide, snideyfoxy, iffyshonkyView synonyms
- ‘Gazing down shows that either you're shifty - and therefore lying - or that you are defeated.’
- ‘And he looked like a shifty dealer just opening his pack.’
- ‘But he's shifty and elusive in the open field and could preserve the big-play ability Smith may otherwise miss on kick returns.’
- ‘‘The secret to door opening is this, Melissa,’ James glanced around in a shifty manner.’
- ‘His overall appearance was that of a shifty man who couldn't be trusted.’
- ‘His manner was shifty; there was guilt written all over his face.’
- ‘It seems that the shifty fellow had broken into the small museum in the town and in an unguarded moment had filched the treasure map and a few gold coins.’
- ‘You guys are shifty, and you guys answer quickly with tremendous certainty, and it's the wrong answer.’
- ‘Sure, it made me seem like a shifty person, but so be it.’
- ‘In fact, come to think of it, he was downright shifty.’
- ‘Now comes the news that her shifty lawyer father has only 48 hours to raise a lot of money or face financial ruin and imprisonment.’
- ‘He stealthed behind her for a few minutes before she turned into an alleyway, where a shifty character stood waiting for her.’
- ‘Not only had I failed in my duties, but some other guy - a dopey, shifty guy we both knew - had sent her flowers with a card attached.’
- ‘No, he said, he did not agree that he was shifty or dishonest, but he pointed out that he had moved his position on evidence once or twice.’
- ‘When I came to, I found myself tightly tied to a steel chair guarded by a few shifty men guarding me with loaded guns.’
- ‘My shifty manner is, I am pretty sure, that of the classic fraudster.’
- ‘Turns out they pay an idiotic sum (think thousands of Canadian dollars) to a couple of shifty sailors to take them there.’
- ‘She was shifty, evasive and clearly unprepared for the assault.’
- ‘We're pretty sure there are shifty people somewhere.’
- ‘It is a slow-boiler of a film, an exercise in the suspense that spooky children, locked doors, creaking floors, mist, candles and shifty characters do best.’
2Constantly changing; shifting:‘it was a close race in a shifty wind on smooth water’
- ‘On the last lap, the wind freshened and became more shifty.’
- ‘According to both experts and victims, the shifty world of immigration consultation here often works in conjunction with networks in the refugees' home countries.’
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