Find the word definition

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sleight of hand
noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Miller's financial sleight of hand resulted in the loss of $2 million in tax revenue.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ All the empirical evidence in favour of accuracy order can now be shifted by sleight of hand in support of the notion of natural acquisition.
▪ Create impressive graphic designs on your walls; all it takes is courage and a little sleight of hand.
▪ For us this ad is emotional sleight of hand, not proof of progress.
▪ I planned to switch them when we got here - just sleight of hand, you know.
▪ It would not be easy to effect the transition that Labour suggests by Government sleight of hand.
▪ The nagging suspicion of sleight of hand merely adds to her mystique.
▪ The word sleight for most of us probably never occurs outside sleight of hand.
▪ They were continual concrete evidence of the sleight of hand which had conjured me from one world to another.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sleight of hand

Sleight \Sleight\, n. [OE. sleighte, sleihte, sleithe, Icel. sl?g? (for sl?g?) slyness, cunning, fr. sl?gr (for sl?gr) sly, cunning. See Sly.]

  1. Cunning; craft; artful practice. [Obs.] ``His sleight and his covin.''
    --Chaucer.

  2. An artful trick; sly artifice; a feat so dexterous that the manner of performance escapes observation.

    The world hath many subtle sleights.
    --Latimer.

  3. Dexterous practice; dexterity; skill.
    --Chaucer. ``The juggler's sleight.''
    --Hudibras.

    Sleight of hand, legerdemain; prestidigitation.

Wiktionary
sleight of hand

n. 1 The required digital dexterity behind magic tricks and illusions. 2 A performance of such skill.

WordNet
sleight of hand

n. manual dexterity in the execution of tricks [syn: prestidigitation]

Wikipedia
Sleight of hand

Sleight of hand (also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain) refers to fine motor skills when used by performing artists in different art forms to entertain or manipulate. It is closely associated with close-up magic, card cheating, card flourishing and stealing.

Because of its heavy use and practice by magicians, sleight of hand is often confused as a branch of magic, but is in reality a separate genre of entertainment, as many artists practice sleight of hand without the slightest interest in magic.

Sleight of hand pioneers with worldwide acclaim include Dan and Dave, Ricky Jay, David Blaine, David Copperfield, Yann Frisch, Dai Vernon and Tony Slydini.

Sleight of Hand (album)

Sleight of Hand is an album by the British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. It was her tenth studio album and was recorded and produced by Armatrading at Bumpkin Studio, her own purpose built studio in the grounds of her home. The album was released on 12 May 1986 by A&M Records.

Usage examples of "sleight of hand".

It took minutes for Phaid to realise that it was just a piece of psychic sleight of hand.

My progress with this field was one of the victims of my recent purge of this diary's pages, because from the start I kept a detailed record of what it took to become proficient in sleight of hand& but all this had to go when I decided to remove the rest.

It was one thing to play around with the magics of sleight of hand and quick change.

They were expecting a contest of subtlety, but sleight of hand was only one of Kalam's talents.