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To demonstrate what he calls Jenkins’s cunning nature, Stepp provided a four-page, handwritten letter Jenkins sent him in April 2017, less than two months after the officer had been arrested.Ex-bail bondsman who helped Gun Trace Task Force leader sell drugs is home from prison|Justin Fenton|June 30, 2021|Washington Post
Graham shared that a cunning avian thief once swiped his car keys, which he later discovered dangling from a dock halfway around the island.The Ultimate Channel Islands National Park Travel Guide|Shawnté Salabert|June 23, 2021|Outside Online
The documentary focuses on the ways cunning lawyers have taken advantage of seniors and other vulnerable people.
It demands the legs of a sprinter, the lungs of a marathoner, and the tactical cunning of a chess grandmaster.
However, the apple had been made with such cunning that only the red part was poisoned.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her|The Brothers Grimm|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Ben, who was as cunning and seductive as Diane, really wooed Diane,” says an insider.Katie Couric on Diane Sawyer: 'I Wonder Who She Blew This Time'|Lloyd Grove|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, there is the catch that Nancy has always been a bit more cunning and self-centered (though not self-aware) than Piper.Orange Is the New Weeds: The Adventures of Jenji Kohan Across the 8th Dimension|Rich Goldstein, Emily Shire|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Entertaining used to require intelligence or a measure of wit or, at least, peasant cunning.
Cersei is cunning, focused, and power-hungry—not unlike her father and brothers.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’|Amy Zimmerman|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this time, with all his cunning and perspiration, he could not induce another throb in the tired engines.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Aunty Rosa had credited him in the past with petty cunning and stratagem that had never entered into his head.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II|Rudyard Kipling
In a dream he crossed the crowded hall, avoiding various acquaintances with unconscious cunning.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
Whether this aptitude was combined with the sinuous cunning that is essentially Oriental Nigel did not know.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
Of these Napoleon was well advised, but Bernadotte was too cunning to allow himself to be compromised absolutely.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison