Sentence Examples


  • Charles Emmanuel achieved a great reputation as a statesman and warrior, and increased the prestige of Savoy, but he was too shifty and ingenious, and his schemes ended in disaster.
  • He was repeatedly employed on embassies to the Low Countries, and was for a long time stationed at Calais as agent in the shifty negotiations carried on by Wolsey with the court of France.
  • Napoleon thought him a " shifty Byzantine," and called him the Talma of the North, as ready to play any conspicuous part.
  • Bruce, previously so shifty, had never wavered or turned back since he smote the Red Comyn at Dumfries.
  • The more loyal William Douglas, in 1353, slew his kinsman, the shifty Knight of Liddesdale, on the braes of Yarrow, and a fragment of one of the oldest Scottish ballads deplores his fall.

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