shiftiness


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Related to shiftiness: reassign, reacquainted
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the quality of being a slippery rascal

the quality of being changeable in direction

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Galloway was originally replaced by Mayfield in the team, though the 26-year-old would have been a handful for the Gilas guards because of his athleticism and shiftiness.
In a Q&A that accompanied the advance review copy, Klassen talks about how the very placement of Triangle's eyes implies shiftiness, given that they are lower on his face.
Each work embodies a different kind of concentrated energy, stemming from the shiftiness of these stops.
Tennyson's language, specifically in the curious shiftiness of his
But drawings like Ardizzone's are much cosier than Boswell's scenes, which even in his book illustrations retain their pointed social observation: greedy eyes, shiftiness, flirtation, how a boy watches a dog who watches something we can't discern, while something else altogether is going on.
And adding to this effluent has been the desperate, guilty shiftiness from Cameron and his chums.
The associations for this type of comparison seem to range from evasiveness and even shiftiness to more positive sorts of philosophical metamorphosis.
Kani Benoit adds experience, power and shiftiness to the equation.
So Clinton, despite her so far lackluster campaign, and despite a popular perception of inauthenticity, even outright shiftiness, will probably hang on to her party and scrape through in the end.
Heather Braun has analysed an illuminating connection between Mailer and Nabokov in her perceptive analysis of Lolita and Mailer's story "The Time of Her Time," where the narrator O'Shaugnessy bears a striking resemblance to Nabokov's Humbert Humbert, the narrator of Lolita, in his shiftiness and unreliability (225-32).
Though a written text like The Path to Rome is inherently non-visual, it can still participate in the kind of topsy-turvydom of spectacle by the way it uses various textual and narrative features, and Belloc's book is possessed of some particularly vivid narrative shiftiness. This shiftiness is related chiefly to Belloc's engagement with his implied reader (a term used by literary critics to indicate the kind of reader to whom an author addresses a text), and his use of embedded narrative.
By "shuffling," the narrator means to describe "negroes" themselves as evasive or shifty, a shiftiness magnified further by the stanza's insouciant reference to the "Nile or Niger": Timbuktu's location on the Niger had been well established since the fifteenth century, so the "Nile" is a deliberate obfuscation.
These myths, with their volatile nature, their shiftiness and the impossibility of reifying signifiers are fundamental for new readings of the plains and the west.
Despite this figural shiftiness, at one level of the text, Benjamin avails of precisely such amorphous, atmospheric language in outlining the history of aura and its decline.
they prefer rivers of words to a drop of thought, and markets, crossroads, and street corners daily ring with their earth shattering noise as they tie each other into knots with obscurities of riddles and enigmas, arguing with the shiftiness of Proteus or, like bankrupts who borrow to pay their debts, defending quibbles with quibbles.