Origin of tricky
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1. artful, sly, shrewd. 2. skillful, adroit. 3. doubtful, unpredictable, unreliable, perilous.
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Examples from the Web for trickily
His female lead is not Jordan, he trickily maintains, but readers should keep her in mind.Amis vs. "Two Bags of Silicone"
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He felt offended, as if he had been trickily defeated in an argument.Gargoyles
Next to this motive principle is his desire to make money dishonestly, trickily, meanly, and shabbily.Campfire and Battlefield</p>
Fought for it fairly when fairness served best, and trickily when trickiness seemed more profitable.
The prayer was long, intolerably and trickily eloquent and rhetorical, very self-conscious.A Tramp's Notebook
- involving snags or difficultiesa tricky job
- needing careful and tactful handlinga tricky situation
- characterized by tricks; sly; wilya tricky dealer
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Word Origin and History for trickily
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