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Skilled at gaining an advantage, especially deceitfully:‘his wily opponents’
shrewd, clever, sharp, sharp-witted, astute, canny, smartcrafty, cunning, artful, sly, scheming, calculating, guileful, disingenuous, devious, machiavelliandeceitful, deceptive, janus-faced, dishonest, cheating, double-dealingtricky, foxyflypawkyheads-upslimsubtlevulpine, carnyView synonyms
- ‘The scene is now set for a series of double-crosses where the wily Carol emerges as the sharpest operator of them all.’
- ‘But that would be a crass sort of opinion to attribute to a wily man like Pilate.’
- ‘I'm no technician, but a wily old trader once told me to ignore the news and trust the charts.’
- ‘It caused uproar at the time, but the wily Italian must be sitting back with a smug smile, puffing on that metaphorical cigar.’
- ‘He's like that wily friend who's always getting you into trouble but whom you can't help but forgive.’
- ‘I had no idea such cunning and wily interrogation techniques were still permitted in the Western world.’
- ‘Completing the family portrait are his ever-compliant wife and wily old dad.’
- ‘Cunning eyes, wily grins, pesky faces had beamed tenacity and aptness and survival.’
- ‘His vulnerability, his emotions are those of the wily and ingenuous country lawyer.’
- ‘But within minutes the wily beetle has dragged the spider across a hillock of red earth and crammed it into its small hole.’
- ‘He seems less the wily fighting fox and more the cornered stag.’
- ‘In verity, the foreign debt issue has already put Zambia on a wild economic frontier in this wily world.’
- ‘He had made one mistake, he had not counted on the skill and determination of his wily opponent.’
- ‘The wily old fox of cricket had his guests enthralled by witty conversation, which ran late into the night.’
- ‘He has been a wily politician and he knows that the land issue is an over-simplification.’
- ‘As a wily guerilla leader and resistance fighter, he deserves respect.’
- ‘But scientists are finding that the wily creatures can stop cancer in its tracks.’
- ‘Even the wily street vendors are offering their goods at genuine bargain prices.’
- ‘Others fought over what fell, scampering across the yard playing wily comedies of keep-away.’
- ‘As it turns out, uneducated village communists are no match for wily bourgeois sneakiness.’
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