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shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

crafty artfulness (especially in deception)

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attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness

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marked by skill in deception

showing inventiveness and skill

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References in classic literature ?
and after all, the cunningest scout of the whole Dahcotah nation might pass his life in searching for the spot where it fell, and be no wiser when his eyes grew dim, than when they were first opened.
I am far from believing the timid maxim of Lord Falkland ("that for ceremony there must go two to it; since a bold fellow will go through the cunningest forms"), and am of opinion that the gentleman is the bold fellow whose forms are not to be broken through; and only that plenteous nature is rightful master which is the complement of whatever person it converses with.
You are the demdest, knowing hand,' replied Mr Mantalini, in an admiring tone, 'the cunningest, rummest, superlativest old fox--oh dem
27) One commentator remarks that she is "the cunningest one around.
Note the way Thomas Carlyle (1960) rhapsodized about the condition of his nation in 1858; "[W]ith unabated beauty the land of England blooms and grows; waving with yellow harvests; thick-studded with workshops, industrial implements, with fifteen millions of workers, understood to be the strongest, the cunningest and the will ingest our Earth ever had; these men [sic] are here; the work they have done, th e fruit they have realized is here, abundant, exuberant .