One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was accused of employing underhand tactics’
deceitful, underhanded, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, Janus-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
devious, calculating, artful, crafty, cunning, conniving, scheming, designing, sly, wily, guileful, tricky
criminal, illegal, unlawful, nefarious
secret, secretive, clandestine, surreptitious, sneaky, sneaking, furtive, covert, veiled, shrouded, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hole-and-corner, hidden, back-alley, backstairs, under the table, conspiratorial
North American snide, snidey
informal crooked, shady, bent, low-down, murky, fishy
British informal dodgy
NZ Australian informal shonky
South African informal slim
honest, fair, above board
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