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Sly

(slī),
William S., 20th-century U.S. physician. See: Sly syndrome.
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Look at the slyness of her observation about Evgenie's uniform
And there he stood, looking a little upward, with one hand thrust into the breast of his coat, and the other playing with his old-fashioned gold watch-chain: his head thrown a little on one side, and his hat a little more on one side than his head, (but that was evidently accident; not his ordinary way of wearing it,) with such a pleasant smile playing about his mouth, and such a comical expression of mingled slyness, simplicity, kind- heartedness, and good-humour, lighting up his jolly old face, that Nicholas would have been content to have stood there and looked at him until evening, and to have forgotten, meanwhile, that there was such a thing as a soured mind or a crabbed countenance to be met with in the whole wide world.
Perker, with a look of slyness which was very likely accidental.
Who, reading Cage and Basho, can doubt their kinship, their brusque simplicity of observation, their slyness of spirit and astringent style - not a whisper in either of our rebarbative academic jargon - shared across oceans and ages?
However, other quicksilver shifts reveal his slyness, such as the stipulation that his dukedom be returned, announced almost as a distracted afterthought while pardoning his traitorous brother Sebastian (Richard Hansell).
Isn't it the case that this regime of lies, spin, slyness and chicanery goes all the way to the ruthless ambitions of Tony Blair himself?
Yet the use of Formica tiles to indicate both solid body and bodiless light involves a certain pictorial slyness.
Allard's Ford hits exactly the right note between foolishness and slyness, while Leonard Kelly-Young's low-key Master Page helps keep the production emotionally grounded.
In a word, it's street: the savor and savvy, slyness and swagger of the talk that's talked on street corners and in bars, at taped-off crime scenes and in prison yards.
Tang, the latest in a huge number of lookalikes to Mao, has a twinkly-eyed slyness that chimes well with Zhang's excellent perf as the unbending Generalissimo Chiang, who slowly realizes he's losing the game to a player who's even smarter than he is.
Some infernal combination of cross-Channel slyness, duplicity and cowardice was going to turn it into a game for whingeing softies and diving cheats.
McKellen expresses this with all the subtlety and slyness at his formidable command, while keeping in mind that Whale was a marvelously entertaining old joker, too.