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guile

The use of deception or cunning in order to accomplish something.
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And although that might not bode too well for Greg's ongoing attempts to land a Grand Slam title I personally find it rather endearing in a guileless and, don't you think, utterly English way.
While others were interested only in painting the sentiment, Frederick Daniel Hardy (1826-1911) was compulsively interested in the precise detail of local cottage interiors and the life which went on inside them, painting them with a guileless honesty which reminds me of Danish painting of the Golden Age (that is, a little earlier than this).
Contemporary actors find it nearly impossible to empty their performances of the Method-derived mannerisms we have come to think of as lifelike, to return to an earlier, flatter style of line reading, the sort of guileless performance that served Rock Hudson for a whole career.
STV: Friday 8pm) Meryl Streep and daughter Amanda Seyfried prepare for a wedding in sunny Abba karaoke show put together with the guileless charm and enthusiasm of Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday.
This film is a reworking of Frank Capra's 1936 classic, Mr Deeds Goes To Town, and in it Sandler plays the loveable and guileless Longfellow Deeds - a simple, small-town guy who inherits billions from a mogul uncle he has never met.
It is not simply the weight of sentiment; I really do prefer her earlier work, the way she deployed guileless materials in the service of something unexpectedly suave but arresting.
The movie suffers from an ailment common to most sequels: In the desire to somehow top the achievements (however slight, in this case) of the first movie, the filmmakers cram in an overabundance of plot and special effects and, in the process, lose the guileless sense of fun that made the original worth watching.
Paul, who spent seven years as guileless, motor-bike-mad Malcolm in the hit ITV series Watching, had to look out his biker gear again to play loveable AA man Harry Thorpe.
That's because, well, she looks like Heather Graham, and is actually a real nice person - despite what she ends up doing to guileless Gilbert's heart.
Haydn's four Scots songs show that simple country tunes can be arranged in a way which enhances their musical qualities without corrupting their essential simplicity, delicacy and guileless beauty.
And it is as naive as it is guileless, and as guileless as it is sentimental about an earlier and simpler time, a time when a "Bed-In" could mean something.
It seems inconceivable, we know, that the gangly, giggly, guileless girl who carried a teddy bear around the deck like a security blanket at the Trials four years ago now has a figure and a boyfriend and a pierced tongue and a world-weary wariness.