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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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In the case of an attorney who underhandedly rigs a brief in opposition without her client's approval, (152) however, the client's instructions are to do exactly the opposite and persuade the court to deny certiorari.
In the end, Masha is forced to obtain full access to him underhandedly, and, after being made to feel guilty for this illicit acquisition, she absolves her sins through music.
Both India and the US have little public financing of elections, and large business donations that are legal in the US are often illegal (and hence given underhandedly) in India.
When introducing a review Merimee wrote of an 1867 translation of Le Victorial in which he underhandedly criticizes the translators' work, Garcia writes disapprovingly: "Cette maniere insidieuse de se manifester n'est pas a l'honneur de Merimee" (636).
He therefore underhandedly detained Epainetus, who, according to the law of adultery, would have to buy his freedom by paying ransom to Stephanus.
Artifacts that museums have bought, aboveboard or underhandedly, have been used in museum displays to define American Indians as peoples of the past, freezing their cultures at a moment in the past for the larger non-Indian society that views these displays.
(33) Clearly, what was being groped for in this case was a negative rate of interest--precisely Gesell's tax, which would yet be induced underhandedly, as it were, by causing the rate of inflation to exceed the going rate of interest.
Barbarians, on the other hand, were often dealt with underhandedly, and agreements were broken when it suited the Romans.
Among the gondola rides and uncommon beauty of the sinking Italian city, Kate underhandedly plays matchmaker, encouraging Merton to court the American heiress, have her fall in love with him, and then use the fortune he will inherit to wed Kate with her aunt's approval.
What Briatore and his cohort Pat Symonds underhandedly schemed might well yet be regarded as criminal by the Singapore authorities pondering on extradition.
The work was given to one who played underhandedly with the money, that is, Trevisi.
The infamous episodes of The Blue Books and the Welsh Not were responsible for forcing the English language on Wales and its people; directly responsible for depriving many of Wales' inhabitants of their own language by violent and cruel means, by underhandedly concentrating on the young.