Underhand


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Underhand

Describing a secret or sneaky action. For example, one may underhandedly plot to remove the CEO of a corporation. Some underhand actions are illegal or unethical, but very often they are simply part of doing business.
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He ceased to be himself in manner completely, and even in disposition, in so far that his faded neutral eyes matching his discoloured hair so well, were discovered then to be capable of expressing a sort of underhand hate.
We have not found out this abominable deception by any underhand means," she said.
I don't pry about and interfere; that only makes it more underhand, and encourages the small boys to come to us with their fingers in their eyes telling tales, and so we should be worse off than ever.
He was friendly, in a treacherous sort of way, smiling into one's face the while he meditated some underhand trick, as, for instance, when he stole from Buck's food at the first meal.
You see, we've learned to conceal things nowadays - to smooth them over, to play the part of ordinary citizens to the world while we tug at the underhand levers in our secret moments.
But I paid the less attention to this, for I knew it was usually said by those who have the underhand.
He had never actually had a criminal friend, but he was quite capable of intimacy with even a criminal, provided only that there was something spacious about his brand of crime and that it did not involve anything mean or underhand.
In her hearing, the Sergeant, with his own underhand object in view, had appealed to my interest in Rosanna Spearman.
You have not attempted to take any underhand advantage--you have not spoken to my sister in secret.
An extraordinary expression of underhand malevolence survived in his extinguished eyes.
Is it because you're not underhand, And speak in a language we all understand?
Longbridge councillor Ian Cruise announced he had left the party complaining he found the squabbling and underhand deals too much.