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  • adv. In a foxy manner.

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  • adv. in an artful manner


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  • I close with what Franklin so foxily said about the Reverend Whitefield, whose oral sermons were so fine but whose habit of writing them down exposed him to fierce textual criticism: "Opinions [delivered] in Preaching might have been afterwards explain'd, or qualify'd by supposing others that might have accompany'd them; or they might have been deny'd; But litera scripta manet."

    Free and Easy

  • The speaker, Peithon, was a short wiry man with a foxily pointed, rufous face and a sharp foxy bark.

    Funeral Games

  • Seleukos had answered him in monosyllables; Peithon had looked foxily under his reddish brows and down his pointed nose, saying this or that, but none of what he thought; Archias, though known to be in camp, had not reported at all.

    Funeral Games

  • He rubbed his eyes with his fingers a moment and then grinned foxily: "Ain't that enough?"

    In Our Town

  • As he was speaking Anicetus foxily let fall a dagger between his legs.

    Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15) The Romance of Reality

  • Jill St John is a feisty, foxily feline Tiffany Case, invoking the chutzpah of the character from the novel.

  • Anyways that’s the way it seems to me: social scientists, politically motivated, quickly become hedgehogs; meanwhile, contemporary professional philosophers are prone to operate foxily.

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  • And as he rode into London, it seemed to him as though some wise power put it into his heart what he should do; for he rode by the sign of a maker of rich glass for church windows; and at once a thought darted into his mind; and going in, he sought out the master of the shop, and told him that he had lost a jewel from a crown, a jewel of price, and that he was ashamed that the crown should lack it; and he asked if he could make him a jewel of glass to set in its place; and he described the jewel, how large it was and how dull outside, and its fiery heart; and the craftsman smiled shrewdly and foxily, and told him to return on the third day, and he should have his will.

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