skullduggery

or skul·dug·ger·y

[ skuhl-duhg-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural skull·dug·ger·ies.
  1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: They dealt in bribery, graft, and other such skullduggery.

  2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.

Origin of skullduggery

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; variant of sculduddery, originally Scots: “fornication, obscenity,” of unknown origin
  • Sometimes scull·dug·ger·y, scul·dug·ger·y .

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How to use skullduggery in a sentence

  • After a little conversation to assure themselves that there was no skullduggery afoot, the truckers consented.

    The Knack of Managing | Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
  • "Very likely he's up to some skullduggery, sir," Matt opined.

    Cappy Ricks | Peter B. Kyne
  • We utilize persuasion, skullduggery, and even force to subvert their institutions, to destroy their present culture.

    Black Man's Burden | Dallas McCord Reynolds