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  1. julie_forex
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    meaning and use of word

    Is the word "sly" to describe people who are sophisticated in a cheating, bad way? Or it describes people who are smart?
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    Re: meaning and use of word

    Is the word "sly" to describe people who are sophisticated in a cheating, bad way? Or it describes people who are smart?
    More like the first one. If you describe someone as sly, you mean they are clever and skillful at deceiving people. It's not normally used to merely suggest someone is smart with no trace of this extra baggage.

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    Re: meaning and use of word

    'Sly' can also be used for the deceitful/cheating characteristic without implying cleverness.

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