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- n. deceitful cleverness or shrewdness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being wily; craftiness; cunning; guile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being wily; cunning; guile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception
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AGENT ORANGE: Despite my many letters to Congress, sheer wiliness is not technically illegal yet.
Clinton seemed like an unacceptable choice for President or Vp but as Secretary of State her wiliness could be a real asset to the country if Mr Obama is willing to put up with her drama.
He still feels, moreover, some of the old "wiliness" and "unkemptness" within himself; he thinks they are of the Jews and of none others -- and he wants to get rid of them.
For the wiliness which is understood to be Ody's forte also pre-eminently characterises many of the Tinkers 'nefarious proceedings, and this makes it seem to him that they not only set their wits against his, but throw discredit upon his favourite quality by the glaring moral defects which they exhibit in conjunction with it.
But the point of his appearance was to underscore the need for creativity and a wiliness to challenge orthodoxy that is required by a clean energy future.
The book, edited by a former aide, Derek Chollet, and the Pultizer-Prize winning journalist, Samantha Power, captures the essence of the Holbrooke persona that dazzled the foreign policy community with its drive, intelligence, wiliness, humor, intense curiosity and characteristic dominance.
Of course, in a series of stark contrasts like this one was, the clichés are abundant and partly true: the star-laden team that couldn't buy heart; the slow-footed underdog winning though wiliness and grit; the spare parts and role players like blender-sized point-guard Jose Barea who soared when the big checks and bold-facers could not.
I will watch with the wiliness of a snake, that I may sting with its venom.
But you must remain focused on that task, and mindful of the wiliness and ruthlessness of your opponents.
I hope people see through her wiliness: what is called politics.