shifty


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characterized by insincerity or deceit

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changing position or direction

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She wondered, and when she looked at him--at his close-set, shifty eyes and repulsive features, she shuddered, for she was convinced that no lofty characteristics could be hid behind so foul an exterior.
"You are always taking something of that sort in your head," replied Minerva, "and that is why I cannot desert you in your afflictions; you are so plausible, shrewd and shifty. Any one but yourself on returning from so long a voyage would at once have gone home to see his wife and children, but you do not seem to care about asking after them or hearing any news about them till you have exploited your wife, who remains at home vainly grieving for you, and having no peace night or day for the tears she sheds on your behalf.
"This learned gentleman here is rather a shifty sort of chap; and it strikes me that two of us isn't a bit too much to watch him."
Moonlight was streaming into the room, and it was bright with a vague and shifty radiance.
"Porlock, Watson, is a nom-de-plume, a mere identification mark; but behind it lies a shifty and evasive personality.
Pumblechook might have said, the lap of luxury - being entirely furnished forth from the coffee-house - the circumjacent region of sitting-room was of a comparatively pastureless and shifty character: imposing on the waiter the wandering habits of putting the covers on the floor (where he fell over them), the melted butter in the armchair, the bread on the bookshelves, the cheese in the coalscuttle, and the boiled fowl into my bed in the next room - where I found much of its parsley and butter in a state of congelation when I retired for the night.
'I scorn your shifty evasions, and I scorn you,' said the schoolmaster.
"Anchored, sure enough, but his graound-tackle's kinder shifty," said Dan, laughing.
But it would be as cautious and as shifty; the conviction of its probable, in fact its already quite sensible, quite audible evasion of pursuit grew for him from night to night, laying on him finally a rigour to which nothing in his life had been comparable.
But her latest incarnation as a grieving widow who befriends a shifty fellow mourner at a grief counselling group is by far her most impressive.
I read and agree with Brian Taylor's comments about the shifty underhanded way we were duped into the Superstate of Europe over the years (Journal Letters, April 10).
Cameron Buchanan, 27, was searched by cops after he was spotted "looking shifty".
But that shifty cheater behaviour is too shifty a behaviour to ignore.
The shifty guard drove against Paul Lee and Mark Barroca when he sustained the injury and immediately writhed in pain on the floor 40 seconds into the all-important tussle.