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Synonyms for sly

Synonyms for sly

Synonyms for sly

marked by skill in deception

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The ancient tower of a church, whose gruff old bell was always peeping slily down at Scrooge out of a Gothic window in the wall, became invisible, and struck the hours and quarters in the clouds, with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.
And Lebedeff slily put his finger to his brow as he said the last words.
So when they were working that evening at the pumps, there was on this head no small gamesomeness slily going on among them, as they stood with their feet continually overflowed by the rippling clear water; clear as any mountain spring, gentlemen--that bubbling from the pumps ran across the deck, and poured itself out in steady spouts at the lee scupper-holes.
The overwhelming aspects of performance are described in the offstage events surrounding Coriolanus' victory procession, where the hero's Roman audience is rapt by the sight of the conquering general, and respond to him in this political ceremony "As if that whatsoever God, who leads him, / Were slily crept into his human powers, / And gave him graceful posture" (TLN 1138-40; 2.
While Adam's zeal and Dinah's earnestness emerge in exhortations to others, the narrator's handling of Hetty in the butter-making scene focuses on her self-absorption; even in the act of work she "tossed and patted her pound of butter with quite a self-possessed, coquettish air, slily conscious that no turn of her head was lost" on Arthur Donnithorne (78).