- skill; dexterity.
- an artifice; stratagem.
- cunning; craft.
Origin of sleight
Examples from the Web for sleight
To posit that the war brings us closer to faith is a sleight of hand that makes fools of us all.There Are Only Atheists in Fox Holes
October 5, 2014
He does the heavy lifting, and she passes it off with a sleight of hand.Welcome to Snowpiercer’s Apocalypse
June 29, 2014
The real Mamet is an actor who became a writer and had a real sense of the criminal and the sleight of hand in American life.Broadway's Comeback Kid
November 2, 2011
But to simply call all these feelings melancholy, Toohey argues, is to link disparate experiences by a sleight of metaphor.A Book About Boredom Is Anything But
June 20, 2011
The only sleight of hand I can detect is the fact that our hero never actually kills anyone himself.Goodfellas Turns 20
September 21, 2010
I got it out of him, by sleight of hand—where we had met before.The Coast of Chance
That was one of the miracles we asked you the sleight of, and are you going to say nothing about that?Imaginary Interviews
W. D. Howells
The treatises on sleight of hand give the method of executing this trick.The Sharper Detected and Exposed
Of course, there are tricks of sleight of hand by which the conclusion is evaded.'I Believe' and other essays
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Yet in these seeming miracles there is nothing of "black art" or sleight of hand.History of California
Helen Elliott Bandini
- skill; dexteritySee also sleight of hand
- a trick or stratagem
- cunning; trickery
Word Origin and History for sleight
"cunning," early 14c. alteration of sleahthe (c.1200), from Old Norse sloegð "cleverness, cunning, slyness," from sloegr (see sly). Meaning "skill, cleverness, dexterity" is from late 14c. Meaning "feat or trick requiring quickness and nimbleness of the hands" is from 1590s. Term sleight of hand is attested from c.1400.