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sly as a fox


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) gossipy

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b) smart and cunning

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‘If someone is as sly as a fox’ it means that they are cunning and experienced enough to get what they want, often in an underhand way.

French translation

rusé, malin comme un renard

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Examples in context

‘I took this link from an article in The Examiner that asked, is the chief justice Roberts actually sly as a fox ? This case is clearly accurate that the Affordable Care Act as a tax, as Roberts said it is to be constitutionally valid, is not in conformity with constitutional standards.

Texas News, 16 July 2012

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’Fight Club is sly as a fox. It hits you in the ribs and never lets you settle. It has tremendous narrative drive, but it never goes where you think it will and you never quite know how you got to where you are. It bears hardly any relation to mainstream cinema but has some connection to jam, Delicatessen and Face/Off.’

The Guardian, 5 May 2000

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Everyday usage

You’d have to be sly as a fox to outwit me.

c) womanizing

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