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Magic TricksPlay
Often used when talking about magicians who use hand skill to deceive the audience. SlideThe magician's sleight was so skilled, the cards seemed to vanish.
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Deceptive SkillPlay
Implies cleverness or skill used for deceitful purposes, not just physical dexterity. SlideHe used verbal sleight to dodge the difficult question.
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Not Always NegativePlay
While it suggests deceit, it's not always used in a harmful sense; can be playful. SlideThe child's sleight in hiding the cookies was amusing.