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skulduggery

or skullduggery, sculduggery, scullduggery

[skuhl-duhg-uh-ree] /skʌlˈdʌg ə ri/
noun, plural skulduggeries.
1.
dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery:
bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery.
2.
an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.
Origin of skulduggery
1705-1715
1705-15, Americanism; variant of sculduddery, orig. Scots: fornication, obscenity < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for skulduggery

skulduggery

/skʌlˈdʌɡərɪ/
noun
1.
(informal) underhand dealing; trickery
Word Origin
C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for skulduggery
n.

1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skulduggery

skullduggery

noun

Shady behavior; dirty work, hanky-panky

[1867+; a US alteration of Scots sculduddery, ''bawdry, obscenity,'' which is attested from the early 18th century]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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