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devious
as in:  a devious plan


She is devious and will do anything to win.
  deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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  • She is devious and will do anything to win.
  • Ruth was a pale but complicated woman given to deviousness and ultra-fine manners.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • Unfortunately her brain was devious.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • By damn, man, if there is one human being in the world less devious than Robert Lee, I aint yet met him.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels

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  • Some part of me has planned this, a devious internal compass pointed to the past.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • I call Patricia Lopez when I get back to my office and ask if she’ll go in with me on my devious little plan.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • By a devious track between the fields they wound back to the Starkfield road.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious travel towards the eastern verge.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • It dragged her at my heels even now, and when we had got halfway round—a devious, tiresome process, on ground much broken and by a path choked with overgrowth—I paused to give her breath.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • She made raised maps in clay, so that I could feel the mountain ridges and valleys, and follow with my fingers the devious course of rivers.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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  • Dilsey made no sound, her face did not quiver as the tears took their sunken and devious courses, walking with her head up, making no effort to dry them away even.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • You devious, red-eyed devil.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The zombie overlords numb our brains with math so they can implant their devious consumer-culture agenda in us.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • She seems . devious.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She was devious and mean.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • My escort of the moment, all white-faced and trembling, immediately rushed me out of the Presence and took me by devious ways to the men’s washroom.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In his last years my father was a founding member of "The Ceylon Cactus and Succulent Society" and this interest began during his time in Kuttapitiya—all because of his devious and defensive nature.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Sam’s face twists into a devious smile.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • "If you’re worried I have some devious secret plan to seduce you, you can just pull my plug out."
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Why hadn’t she remembered that ever since he was eight years old Nat had been finding his way to Blackbird Pond through devious meadow routes?
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • There was always something devious and deceetfuf about her, although her father is such a charming, rich man.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • He is a devious, dangerous man.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • "You’re devious?’ he said.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I should have known something was up when they both turned to me wearing identical devious looks.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • What devious motive, I wondered, caused such a goodwill gesture?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This girl’s crimes of insolence, property destruction, and running away from her rightful owner are not devious enough to warrant a sentence of death.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • The Baudelaire parents had left behind an enormous fortune, which would go to the children when Violet came of age, and Count Olaf was so obsessed with getting his filthy hands on the money that he hatched a devious plan that gives me nightmares to this day.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • What’s on your devious little minds?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The computer-controlled enemy was devious and powerful, and whenever Ender tried a tactic he found the computer using it against him within minutes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The keystone was a devious dead end.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Magicians are devious creatures.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • I sought the Continent, and went devious through all its lands.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Who knew my sister could be so devious?
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • He would have to completely disappear of course, but a plan was already forming in his devious mind.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • A devious ploy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Krum, who is openly smitten with the devious Miss Granger, has already invited her to visit him in Bulgaria over the summer holidays, and insists that he has "never felt this way about any other girl."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • She wanted to be on good terms with them but, while she strove to be polite, her eyes followed Mr. Holohan in his limping and devious courses.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • On a strange and devious way, Siddhartha had gotten into this final and most base of all dependencies, by means of the game of dice.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Whatsoever, it was like entering a scene which, because of some devious circumstance, I had hitherto watched only from a distance.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • So that Monsoons, Pampas, Nor’-Westers, Harmattans, Trades; any wind but the Levanter and Simoon, might blow Moby Dick into the devious zig-zag world-circle of the Pequod’s circumnavigating wake.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He is many things dangerous and devious, cunning and deadly, a good friend and an implacable enemy but he comes from an age when a man’s word was indeed precious.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • "We’ve both gotten good at being devious."
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But the Bene Gesserit ways were devious and compelling.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Sure," I agreed, feeling quite devious as I wound my fingers through his.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The moon had already sunk into an immense pile of black clouds, which lay impending above the western horizon, when they issued from the low and devious water-course to rise again to the light and level of the sandy but wooded plain.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • In a dreadful state of doubt and uncertainty, the agonised young woman staggered to the gate, and then, exchanging her faltering walk for a swift run, returned by the most devious and complicated route she could think of, to the domicile of the Jew.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It makes us look devious.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • The mourners moved away slowly without aim, by devious paths, staying at whiles to read a name on a tomb.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Ah, she had hunted him down at last, she thought; and she was right proud, too, of the devious shrewdness and tact which had accomplished it.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
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