sleight of hand
sleight of hand definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- skill with the hands, esp. in confusing or deceiving onlookers, as in doing magic tricks; legerdemain
- a trick or tricks thus performed
sleight of hand definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. sleights of handThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A trick or set of tricks performed by a juggler or magician so quickly and deftly that the manner of execution cannot be observed; legerdemain.
- Performance of conjuring tricks.
- Skill in performing conjuring tricks.
sleight of hand - Phrases/Idioms
Trickery, deviousness, as in By some sleight of hand they managed to overlook all bonuses. This term alludes to the performance of magic tricks with the hands. Its figurative use dates from about 1700.