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If all six cunning plans are too much for one sitting, the final three are shown again tomorrow from 9pm. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Their cunning plan was to turn the by-election into a referendum on the EU. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He is a cunning old character but has got a stunning turn of foot. The Sun (2012)It is also a question of low political cunning. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Was his slow pace a cunning ruse? Times, Sunday Times (2009)He expected declarer to repeat the finesse and a cunning plan was beginning to form. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Which is plainly a cunning way of letting the broadcaster show some adverts. The Sun (2012)Or maybe it was part of a cunning ruse not to get arrested. Times, Sunday Times (2011)And have they come up with a cunning plan to beat the web? Times, Sunday Times (2007)We docs know your little tricks and cunning ways. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This dress is also a cunning way to smuggle some colour into your wardrobe. Times, Sunday Times (2010)So they have devised a cunning way of letting you go. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Can you spot his cunning idea? Times, Sunday Times (2015)There are a lot of sly, cunning footballers on planet football. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But you needn't be a literature or history buff to enjoy this cunning political power drama. The Sun (2016)So Hunt has come up with a cunning plan. The Sun (2014)If it was a cunning plan, it certainly worked. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Is this a cunning way to make us do all the work... and pay for the pleasure? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Yet Cole has a cunning plan. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The way forward required great skill and cunning, both qualities that Walpole possessed in abundance. Malcolm Balen A VERY ENGLISH DECEIT: The Secret History of the South Sea Bubble and the First Great Financial Scandal (2002)Talking with her was like entering a room from which one or two items of great value had been stolen, with quiet and great cunning. Zindell, David The Broken God (1993)As a manager he can certainly be sly and cunning, but those who have worked with him know a man with a far broader repertoire. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The cheese, of course, dropped to the ground and was promptly snapped up by the cunning fox. Andrew Bridgeford 1066: and the Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry (2004)The resulting four boxes render you a wise owl, a cunning fox, an inept donkey or an innocent sheep. Times, Sunday Times (2014)What a cunning ruse of theirs it was, to open for business each day bang on my daughter's teatime. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He is cunning and sly (he can remove my debit card from under my nose) and is parasitic with poor behaviour controls. Times, Sunday Times (2015)

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British English: cunning /ˈkʌnɪŋ/ ADJECTIVE
A cunning person is clever and deceitful.
Police described the man as cunning and dangerous.
  • American English: cunning
  • Arabic: ماكِر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: astuto
  • Chinese: 狡猾的
  • Croatian: lukav
  • Czech: rafinovaný
  • Danish: snu
  • Dutch: listig
  • European Spanish: astuto
  • Finnish: ovela
  • French: rusé
  • German: schlau
  • Greek: πανούργος
  • Italian: furbo
  • Japanese: 狡猾な
  • Korean: 교활한
  • Norwegian: listig
  • Polish: przebiegły
  • European Portuguese: astuto
  • Romanian: viclean
  • Russian: хитрый
  • Spanish: astuto
  • Swedish: listig listigt
  • Thai: เจ้าเล่ห์
  • Turkish: kurnaz
  • Ukrainian: хитрий
  • Vietnamese: xảo quyệt
British English: cunning NOUN
Cunning is the ability to achieve things in a clever way, often by deceiving other people.
...one more example of the cunning of today's art thieves.

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