One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a dexterous flick of the wrist’
deft, adept, adroit, agile, nimble, neat, nimble-fingered, handy, able, capable, talented, skilful, skilled, proficient, accomplished, expert, experienced, practised, polished, efficient, effortless, slick, professional, masterful, masterly, impressive, finely judged, delicate
informal nifty, nippy, mean, wicked, ace, wizard, crack
2‘Klein had achieved notoriety for his dexterous accounting abilities’
shrewd, ingenious, inventive, clever, intelligent, bright, brilliant, smart, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, acute, quick, quick-witted, astute, canny, intuitive, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, insightful, incisive, sagacious, wise, judicious
cunning, artful, crafty, wily, calculating
informal on the ball, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, brainy, streetwise, savvy
British informal suss
North American informal heads-up
informal, dated long-headed
rare argute, sapient
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