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chicanery
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Definition the use of tricks to deceive someone
  • 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
  • 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
  • The amount of chicanery it would take to slip prom past her mother .... it boggled the mind.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • And at noon, he had quarreled with Ruchel, his daughter, over the chicanery of her husband, Avrum, the butcher.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • In their zeal to avoid resurrecting the sport's reputation for chicanery, they tried to bury the incident.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • So Roger really has no idea where all this financial chicanery is coming from?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • 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
  • 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
  • But I don't think you need those chicaneries.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • 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
  • You will not engage in cheating, sabotage, or chicanery.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • 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
  • The allegations of chicanery in Austin.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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