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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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The secrecy and underhandedness of the school board and school district continue to amaze me.
Miami has typically been a gateway to Latin America and its crime rings, and Brooklyn, Queens, and Newark have been hubs for all sorts of underhandedness in goods transport, according to Millar.
APA has expended an enormous amount of time, effort and union resources in pursuit of a mutually beneficial agreement, only to have it unravel as a result of management's underhandedness.
A blissfully naive Audrey doesn't believe he's capable of such underhandedness, but soon fears she'll lose a fortune as a huge cash transfer is about to leave her bank.
Of course, when this occurs, as it did recently, there can be no suggestion that there is any underhandedness on the part of any of the individuals concerned, or that the integrity of the vets who issued the necessary certificates should be called into question - even when the HRA's spokesman says: "If people think we view it as pure coincidence that runners drawn high at Chester and low at Beverley are in good health before declaration time, but then suddenly take a turn for the worse after declaration time when the draw is revealed, they need to think again.
What links these three victims together and how responsible were they for fueling the underhandedness that led to their own demise?