One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘journalists should not use subterfuge to gain admission to people's homes’
trickery, intrigue, deviousness, evasion, deceit, deception, dishonesty, cheating, duplicity, guile, cunning, craft, craftiness, slyness, chicanery, bluff, pretence, fraud, fraudulence, sophistry, sharp practice
informal monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, jiggery-pokery, kidology, every trick in the book
Irish informal codology
2‘a disreputable subterfuge’
trick, hoax, ruse, wile, ploy, stratagem, artifice, dodge, bluff, manoeuvre, machination, pretext, pretence, expedient, tactic, intrigue, scheme, deception, fraud, masquerade, blind, smokescreen, sleight, stunt, game
informal con, racket, scam, caper
British informal wheeze
Australian informal lurk
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