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[mass noun] The quality or state of being slippery:‘a play about the slipperiness of language’
smoothness, slickness, greasiness, oiliness, iciness, glassinessevasiveness, unreliability, unpredictabilityView synonyms
- ‘Pedestrians are forced to suffer the burden of consequent slipperiness because the heavier ice-clearing equipment can't manoeuvre on the city's 3,500 kilometres of sidewalks.’
- ‘Though they are closely linked in the public mind as indicative of the slipperiness of politicians, issues of promise-keeping, truth-telling and trustworthiness can and ought to be separated.’
- ‘A similar dishonest slipperiness was evident in the government's response to an earlier complaint by the Opposition of breach of the caretaker convention.’
- ‘I believe that New Zealanders all over this country are appalled by the slipperiness and deviousness with which this Government is undertaking this issue, and we will hold it to account.’
- ‘I say that's just a case of political slipperiness because if the Government had felt that they needed to be adjusted or improved in any sense, they've had six years to do that.’
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