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skulduggery

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ]
/ skʌlˈdʌg ə ri /
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noun, plural skul·dug·ger·ies.
a variant of skullduggery.
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How to use skulduggery in a sentence

  • Tax skulduggery is mostly about keeping income off your tax returns (i.e., hiding it from the tax man).

    Romney Drops His Tax Returns|Megan McArdle|September 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Jon Stewart's parody coverage of the story has relentlessly emphasized not his cable-stealing skulduggery but—his blondness.

    Julian Assange, Chick Magnet?|Tracy Quan|December 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Don Loris vexedly tried to contrive some useful skulduggery without the information to base it on.

    The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
  • “It was a simple matter of scientific knowledge and a little skulduggery,” pursued the story-teller obligingly.

British Dictionary definitions for skulduggery

skulduggery

US skullduggery

/ (skʌlˈdʌɡərɪ) /

noun
informal underhand dealing; trickery

Word Origin for skulduggery

C19: altered from earlier Scot sculduddery; of obscure origin
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