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chicanery


You will not engage in cheating, sabotage, or chicanery.
Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  the use of tricks to deceive someone
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  • You will not engage in cheating, sabotage, or chicanery.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The amount of chicanery it would take to slip prom past her mother …. it boggled the mind.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy …. well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and…
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Char watched over him and intervened when necessary to save him or his victims from the consequences of his chicanery.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted

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  • So Roger really has no idea where all this financial chicanery is coming from?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • But I don’t think you need those chicaneries.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Should not a magistrate be not merely the best administrator of the law, but the most crafty expounder of the chicanery of his profession, a steel probe to search hearts, a touchstone to try the gold which in each soul is mingled with more or less of alloy?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You’ve got murder to your credit, and husband stealing, attempted fornication, lying and sharp dealing and any amount of chicanery that won’t bear close inspection.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He has a healthy and honest attitude about his chicanery, and I’m all for him, just as I’m for the dear old capitalistic system of free individual enterprise, comrades, for him and his downright bullheaded gall and the American flag, bless it, and the Lincoln Memorial and the whole bit.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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  • Buthe had been guide mentor and friend to unnumbered crops of innocent and lonely freshmen, and I suppose that with all his petty chicanery and hypocrisy he stankno higher in heaven’s nostrils than any other.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • In their zeal to avoid resurrecting the sport’s reputation for chicanery, they tried to bury the incident.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The allegations of chicanery in Austin.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • …in the East words as great as the pyramids, at Tilsit he taught Emperors majesty, at the Academy of Sciences he replied to Laplace, in the Council of State be held his own against Merlin, he gave a soul to the geometry of the first, and to the chicanery of the last, he was a legist with the attorneys and sidereal with the astronomers; like Cromwell blowing out one of two candles, he went to the Temple to bargain for a curtain tassel; he saw everything; he knew everything; which did not…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Even while he was still a child she would take him with her when with all the intense and mysterious caution of a playing child she would creep to the attic and add to the hoard meagre and infrequent and terrific nickels and dimes (fruit of what small chicanery and deceptions with none anywhere under the sun to say her nay he did not know), putting into the can beneath his round grave eyes coins whose value he did not even recognise.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • …into imprudent and ill-judged speculations, and may not have had the money, for which he was morally and legally responsible, in hand; going on with pretended borrowings of money at enormous interest, really coming from — HEEP — and by — HEEP — fraudulently obtained or withheld from Mr. W. himself, on pretence of such speculations or otherwise; perpetuated by a miscellaneous catalogue of unscrupulous chicaneries — gradually thickened, until the unhappy Mr. W. could see no world beyond.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • After the word chicanery there was a growing noise, half of murmurs and half of hisses, while four persons started up at once—Mr. Hawley, Mr. Toller, Mr. Chichely, and Mr. Hackbutt; but Mr. Hawley’s outburst was instantaneous, and left the others behind in silence.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …tester bed with a lot of expensive medical talent leaning over him, Anne Stanton lived in the house fronting the sea, with only the company of Aunt Sophonisba, a feeble, grumbling, garrulous, and incompetent old colored woman, who combined benevolence and a vengeful tyranny in the ambiguous way known only to old colored women who have spent their lives in affectionate service, in prying, wheedling, and chicanery, in shortlived rebelliousness and long irony, and in secondhand clothes.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • And at noon, he had quarreled with Ruchel, his daughter, over the chicanery of her husband, Avrum, the butcher.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • They are calling in some legal chicanery, and upon that ground they are threatening to turn us out of the house!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • As long as he was relatively discreet and did not get involved in any financial chicanery, his future would be assured.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • To be sure, the director claimed it wasn’t fog, only clouds; but that was merely verbal chicanery in Hans Castorp’s opinion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The great oil companies and railroads sprang from the chicanery and the venality of the robber barons, but they were not now what they were then.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Luke parroted all of his father’s sermons, but earnestly and witlessly, without Gant’s humor, without his chicanery, only with his sentimentality.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Chicanery, subterfuge, had hardly a place in the streets of this honest borough to all appearance; and it was said that the lawyers in the Court House hard by occasionally threw in strong arguments for the other side out of pure generosity (though apparently by mischance) when advancing their own.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • You enter the fray unarmed against such intellectual chicanery.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And "roar" he did, declaring everything Naphta had said to be chicanery, humbug, confusion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Not men whose own lives are unchristian, nay, scandalous—not men who themselves use low instruments to carry out their ends—whose profession is a tissue of chicanery—who have been spending their income on their own sensual enjoyments, while I have been devoting mine to advance the best objects with regard to this life and the next.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …his own first minister; excellent at creating out of the pettiness of realities an obstacle to the immensity of ideas; mingling a genuine creative faculty of civilization, of order and organization, an indescribable spirit of proceedings and chicanery, the founder and lawyer of a dynasty; having something of Charlemagne and something of an attorney; in short, a lofty and original figure, a prince who understood how to create authority in spite of the uneasiness of France, and power in…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • …byaccident and whose every breath is a fresh cast with dice already loaded against him willnot face that final main which he knows before hand he has assuredly to face without essaying expedients ranging all the way from violence to petty chicanery that would not deceive a child until somedayin very disgust he risks everything on asingle blind turn ofa card no man ever does that under the first fury of despair or remorse or bereavement he does it only when he has realised that even the…
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • After the word chicanery there was a growing noise, half of murmurs and half of hisses, while four persons started up at once—Mr.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • They were constituted of such inferior clay that the veriest chicanery fooled them.
    London, Jack  --  Burning Daylight
  • They are calling in some legal chicanery, and upon that ground they are threatening to turn us out of the house
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
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