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skullduggery

or skul·dug·ger·y

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ]
/ skʌlˈdʌg ə ri /
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noun, plural skull·dug·ger·ies.

dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: They dealt in bribery, graft, and other such skullduggery.
an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.

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Sometimes scull·dug·ger·y, scul·dug·ger·y .

Origin of skullduggery

An Americanism dating back to 1705–15; variant of sculduddery, originally Scots: “fornication, obscenity,” of unknown origin
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